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AI National Security Commission Issues Interim Report to Congress

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The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence has issued an interim report to provide its initial evaluation of AI with regard to national security and recommend initial steps for the government to advance AI adoption, C4ISRNET reported Monday.

The commission’s report to Congress outlined the five basic lines of effort the U.S. government needs to focus on to maintain the country’s technological advantage. Those are investment in AI research and development; application of AI to national security missions; talent training and recruitment; protection of U.S. technological advantages; and the need to marshal global AI cooperation.

The paper identified three key components when referring to trustworthy and ethical AI in the context of national security and mentioned the Defense Innovation Board’s development of ethical principles with regard to the use of AI.

“As NSCAI’s report conveys, U.S. leadership in promoting trust and innovation in artificial intelligence is imperative to the future of our nation’s security and economy,” Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2019 Wash100 awardee, said in a statement. “Through the President’s American AI Initiative, in collaboration with the private sector, academia, the public, and like-minded international partners, the Administration is executing a whole of government approach to ensure continued U.S. leadership in AI.”

The document also listed national security threats that AI poses, including erosion of U.S. military advantage and disinformation, and touched upon the seven fundamental principles about AI’s relationship with national security.