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Eric Smith: Marine Corps Looking to Deploy Edge-Level AI, Machine Learning Capabilities

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Eric Smith
Eric Smith

Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, said that artificial intelligence efforts should focus on collating large amounts of data to be used at the tactical-edge level, C4ISRnet reported Saturday.

Smith, also the deputy commandant for combat development and integration, told attendees an AFCEA event that integrating AI and machine learning into military systems must also involve connecting them to the internet to leverage a broader pool of information. He noted that platforms like the IBM Watson computer can conduct advanced AI and ML efforts due to their capacity for internet connectivity.

“You can’t do AI when the machine can’t learn from one pool of data,” he said.

According to Smith, the Marine Corps is looking for bandwidth and signtaure management capabilities that can help transmit data to Marine systems in the Philippines which may be surrounded by Chinese forces.