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JAIC, Deloitte Work on Cloud-Based AI Development Space; Nand Mulchandani Quoted

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The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is working with Deloitte to develop a prototype of a cloud platform that could enable developers to create uses for AI under an $80 million contract awarded in August 2020, Bloomberg Government reported Thursday.

JAIC said the AI development environment, also known as the Joint Common Foundation, will be backed by various cloud platforms including the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program and Cloud One of the U.S. Air Force.

“This development environment is built on top of a cloud platform, so the JCF is not a cloud platform but it will ride on top of JEDI and actually other cloud environments,” Nand Mulchandani, acting director of JAIC, said Thursday during a Pentagon briefing. “So we are not envisioning this as a monolithic central system that is the only system that everyone will use.”

Mulchandani said the JCF will accommodate open-source platforms and other development tools.

“The point is Deloitte will actually be working with industry partners,” Mulchandani said. “We believe and want all of those products to be deployed through the JCF so that our developer community can actually have access to the best tech that is out there.”

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