Artificial Intelligence Safety and Stability
Nations around the world are investing in artificial intelligence (AI) to improve their military, intelligence, and other national security capabilities. Yet AI technology, at present, has significant safety and security vulnerabilities. AI systems could fail, potentially in unexpected ways, due to a variety of causes. Moreover, the interactive nature of military competition means that one nation’s actions affect others, including in ways that may be detrimental to mutual stability. There is an urgent need to explore actions that can mitigate these risks, such as improved processes for AI assurance, norms and best practices for responsible AI adoption, and confidence-building measures that improve stability among all nations.
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Artificial Intelligence Safety and Stability project aims to better understand AI risks and specific steps that can be taken to improve AI safety and stability in national security applications. Major lines of effort include:
- Anticipating, preventing, and mitigating catastrophic AI failures
- Improving Defense Department processes for ensuring safe, secure, and trusted AI
- Understanding and shaping opportunities for compute governance
- Understanding Chinese decision-making on AI and stability
- Understanding Russian decision-making on AI and stability
This cross-program effort includes the CNAS Technology and National Security, Defense, Indo-Pacific Security, Transatlantic Security, and Energy, Economics, and Security programs. CNAS experts will share their findings in public reports and policy briefs with recommendations for policymakers.
This project is made possible with the generous support of Open Philanthropy.
Executive Vice President and Director of Studies
Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Program
Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program
Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics and Security Program
Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program
Associate Fellow, Technology and National Security Program
Fellow, Technology and National Security Program
Fellow, Defense Program
Research Associate, AI Safety and Stability Project
Project Assistant, AI Safety and Stability Project
Research Assistant, Technology and National Security Program