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Jim Smith: SOCOM Advances AI Training, Education

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Jim Smith
Jim Smith Acquisition Executive SOCOM

Jim Smith, acquisition executive at Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said SOCOM is working to educate and train leaders and personnel in artificial intelligence in support of missions and other capabilities, National Defense reported Friday.

He said during a panel at the Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict conference he envisions the use of AI in various areas such as precisions fires, next-generation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and biotechnology.

Smith noted that SOCOM formed a new program executive office for special operations forces digital applications to help advance AI adoption.

“I want them to get the core competency,” he said during the panel. The PEO officials must understand “how do I know what I'm asking for? How do I know when they're giving me what I'm asking for? How do I assess who is best in breed? How do I get my contracting officers and my PMs comfortable in this new domain?"

The command also partnered with Carnegie Mellon University in September for a three-day AI course.