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AI National Security Commission Calls for DOD to Develop Career Pathways to Retain AI Talent; Eric Schmidt Quoted

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Leaders and commissioners of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), said the Department of Defense (DOD) and federal civilian agencies should come up with career pathways to help recruit and retain AI talent in government service, Federal News Network reported Friday.

“I was really struck in my work with the Defense Department of how many people work there for low and in difficult conditions because they were patriotic,” Eric Schmidt, chairman of NSCAI and former CEO of Google, said Friday during a joint hearing of the House Armed Services and House Oversight and Reform Committees.

“The ones that I spoke with did not fundamentally leave for money. They left because the opportunity in their career was more interesting in the private sector – that work that they wanted to do, they could not do well as federal or military employees. That’s got to get fixed,” he added.

Mignon Clyburn, an NSCAI commissioner and former commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said Congress should direct the Pentagon to establish an emerging technology certification process for service personnel to help identify and retain AI talent.

Robert Work, vice president of NSCAI, former deputy defense secretary and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, said adding a computational thinking section to the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery could help the military identify potential AI talent.

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