Mark Nehmer, technical director for the Defense Security Serviceâs National Background Investigative Services, said that artificial intelligence can significantly help government officials in conducting background investigations, the Department of Defense said Monday.
Nehmer told attendees at a Nextgov event held on March 29 in Arlington Va., that AI canÂ quicken the pace of investigations, resolve understaffing issues, decrease case backlog and mitigate a âSnowden-like eventâ or instances of government leaks.Â
AIâs algorithm and machine learning elements canÂ monitor data flowing through agencies, banks, police records and social media to identify anomalies or suspicious activity, he added. Other potential uses of AI include behavioral analysis and detection of life changes such as debt to identify the need forÂ services likeÂ financial assistance.
Nehmer noted thatÂ AI will never replace humans in investigative procedures, but platforms using theÂ technology can be leveraged as tools for performing investigations. Work isÂ underway to incorporate AI technology into investigative operations ahead of a potential decision for deployment, he added.