Artificial Intelligence and Global Security

The CNAS Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Initiative explores how the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution could lead to changes in global power, the character of conflict, and crisis stability. The Initiative will also examine the security dimensions of AI safety and prospects for international cooperation.

This research initiative is informed by the Center for a New American Security's Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security, composed of private industry leaders, former senior government officials, and academic experts. The Task Force is co-chaired by by former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work and Dr. Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. 

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The Initiative’s research agenda covers a range of issues related to the implications of the AI revolution for global security, including:

Reports & Analysis

Technology & National Security

Battlefield Singularity

Although technological advantage has been a key pillar of U.S. military power and national competitiveness, China is starting to catch up in its quest to become a “science and...

Technology & National Security

Transcript: CNAS AI Task Force Press Briefing

Technology & National Security

The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence

Executive Summary Artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities are growing at an unprecedented rate. These technologies have many widely beneficial applications, ...

Technology & National Security

The AI Revolution, Paul Scharre the Director, Future of Warfare Initiative

Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security at the Center for a New American Security. His talk on Artificial Intelligence and the Fut...

Technology & National Security

Artificial Intelligence and National Security

Executive Summary Researchers in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) havedemonstrated significant technical progress over the past fiveyears, much faster than was previo...

Technology & National Security

Why We Must Not Build Automated Weapons of War

Over 100 CEOs of artificial intelligence and robotics firms recently signed an open letter warning that their work could be repurposed to build lethal autonomous weapons — “ki...

Technology & National Security

Project Maven brings AI to the fight against ISIS

Maven is designed to be that pilot project, that pathfinder, that spark that kindles the flame front of artificial intelligence across the rest of the [Defense] Department. - ...

Defense Strategies & Assessments

Patriot Wars

Preface by Paul Scharre Automation and autonomy are core components of the Department of Defense’s “third offset strategy,” designed to reinvigorate American military technolo...

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2017 AI Summit - Fireside Chat with Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., joins CNAS Technology and National Security Program Director Paul Scharre on a discussion about the state of Artificial Intelligence in the United States and opportunities for private and public sector collaboration. Access the full transcript here.

2017 AI Summit - Opening Keynote with Dr. Andrew Moore

Dr. Andrew Moore, Dean of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Melon University, addresses the summit by outlining where we stand today in Artificial Intelligence and where the potential for greatest progress lie. The entire AI Summit is available online.


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