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Lisa Sanders: USSOCOM Eyes Potential Use Cases for AI at the Edge

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Lisa Sanders
Lisa Sanders Director of S&T USSOCOM

Lisa Sanders, director of Science and Technology for special operations forces, acquisition, technology and logistics at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said contested environments where data and computing power are unavailable are pushing the military to reinvent artificial intelligence and come up with new insights into how people use AI, Defense One reported Wednesday.

SOCOM is determining ways how to shrink AI and identifying areas to focus on where AI could support missions of warfighters operating in environments where connectivity is lacking.

“What are use cases where I can create some things that AI at the edge can process? Things like being able to tell a direction, a distance,” Sanders said.

SOCOM is working to develop new software tools that could help address the challenge posed by translation to soldiers.

“We’re doing a six-month effort where we are doing a representative language (not a high-density language)… to figure out how big that thesaurus needs to be. How much flexibility does it need to have to be operationally relevant? That’s an example where processing at the edge is going to limit us. Those analytics need the power to run,” Sanders told the publication.

The command is also working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on programs that could help develop AI applications for warfighters operating in contested environments.

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