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CSET Report: DoD Must Have Clarity in Autonomy, AI Research Funding; Margarita Konaev Quoted

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A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) has found the Department of Defense (DoD) still faces gaps in AI research despite having “an ambitious vision for artificial intelligence”.
The two-part CSET analysis covers budgetary and strategic assessments of U.S. military investments in autonomy and AI based on data from the DoD’s fiscal year 2020 research, development, testing and evaluation budget. 

According to the report, the U.S. military's autonomy and AI research primarily focuses on unmanned vehicles and systems, decision support, information processing and targeting functions. 
The report also suggests that basic AI research investments are smaller than initial estimates and that the DoD should “provide greater clarity about overall funding levels for autonomy and AI”.

CSET recommends that the Pentagon leverage relationships with national laboratories and university-affiliated research centers, increase funding for human-machine teaming research and renew focus on building trust in AI systems. 

Margarita Konaev, the report's lead author, told FedScoop in a prior interview that proper calibration is a key element to AI research and development and should receive additional funding, the publication reported Friday.

“There really is a consensus within military circles that trust is important to the relationship,” she noted.

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