August 19, 2019

Pentagon Underinvesting in Artificial Intelligence

Featuring Susanna V. Blume

Source: National Defense

Journalist Jon Harper

In recent years, defense officials have been banging the drum about the importance of adopting artificial intelligence to assist with everything from operating autonomous platforms to intelligence analysis to logistics and back office functions. But the Pentagon is not pumping enough money into this technology, according to one expert.

“The critical question is whether the United States will be at the forefront of these developments or lag behind, reacting to advances in this space by competitors such as China,” Susanna Blume, director of the defense program at the Center for a New American Security, said in a recent report titled, “Strategy to Ask: Analysis of the 2020 Defense Budget Request.”

The request includes just $927 million for the Pentagon’s AI efforts, about 0.13 percent of the department’s proposed $718 billion topline, she noted.

Read the full article and more in National Defense.

Authors

  • Susanna V. Blume

    Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Program

    Susanna Blume is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research areas include the Defense program and budget, defe...