April 21, 2022

AI Is Already Learning from Russia’s War in Ukraine, DOD Says

Source: Defense One

Journalist: Patrick Tucker

Less has been said about the use of artificial intelligence in the Ukraine war than, say, anti-tank missiles, but the Pentagon is quietly using AI and machine-learning tools to analyze vast amounts of data, generate useful battlefield intelligence, and learn about Russian tactics and strategy, a senior Defense Department official said on Thursday.

“What you're not seeing,” said Maynard Holiday, director of defense research and engineering for modernization, is “our exquisite intelligence capabilities that are able to oversee the battlefield,” including gathering and archiving signals intelligence.


Russia’s lackluster performance in Ukraine and the crippling sanctions that Western states have placed on the country suggest that Russian AI development will slow down—but not stop.

“Even if Russian economy and even if the technical ecosystem continued to be battered by the sanctions, this will not stop the MOD thinking through what these concepts may eventually mean once the war ends one way or another,” Samuel Bendett, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and an Adviser at the CNA Corporation, said on Thursday

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  • Samuel Bendett

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Center (SP3), where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves research on the ...