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Army Preps AI Tech for Future Network Defense Exercises

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The U.S. Army has concluded an 11-week exercise focused on artificial intelligence-driven network defense technologies that the service branch intends to field by 2023, FCW reported Wednesday.

The Army completed its Network Modernization Experiment last month at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey as part of efforts to build on the Project Convergence exercise.

Brian Lyttle, chief of the cybersecurity and information assurance division within the Army's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center, told the publication that the service intends to develop its systems’ capacity to detect and report network vulnerabilities at the enterprise level.

Daniel Duvak, head of the C5ISR center's radio frequency communications division, noted that the Army expects to use around half of the technologies it has tested for next year’s Project Convergence.

"What we looked at were sending out autonomous agents across the network and watching for potential threats as they moved into these new tools that provided artificial intelligence capabilities," said Lyttle.

"At the tactical levels, you're really significantly undermanned to handle a lot of the problems," he noted.

Duvak said that about four of the eight technologies would be ready for next year's Project Convergence 2021, which will focus on tech interoperability between the joint force.