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Sen. Rob Portman: Senate’s FY23 Defense Authorization Bill Includes AI, Cybersecurity Provisions

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that the upper chamber’s version of the fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act includes 13 of his key priorities.

One of those priorities is the creation of a pilot program at the Department of Defense to form artificial intelligence data libraries to support the development of intelligence software and related technologies and ensure that companies have access to accurate data necessary to meet DOD requirements, the Senate panel said Wednesday.

Portman also introduced measures that would propose technical improvements to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s authorizing statute and facilitate sharing of cybersecurity and counterintelligence data between the executive branch and Congress.

The defense authorization bill includes a provision that would ensure that products funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate are produced in the U.S.

“At a time when our country faces significant security threats from around the world, these provisions will help to ensure our local, state, and federal government has every resource needed to detect and deter risks, whether they be from cyberattacks, terrorism and violent extremism, or weapons of mass destruction,” Portman said.

“In addition, the legislation included will ensure that government products funded by American taxpayers are made in the United States, ensuring good-paying jobs for American citizens,” he added.