October 12, 2022

New CNAS Report: "Artificial Intelligence and Arms Control"

By Paul Scharre, and Megan Lamberth

Washington, October 12, 2022—Today, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a new report, "Artificial Intelligence and Arms Control," from authors Paul Scharre and Megan Lamberth.

The report examines the potential for arms control for military applications of artificial intelligence (AI) by exploring historical cases of attempted arms control, analyzing both successes and failures.

The authors argue that policymakers can take steps today that may make AI technology more controllable in the long run by shaping its development.

"History teaches us that policymakers, scholars, and members of civil society can take concrete steps today to improve the chances of successful AI arms control in the future," write the authors. "These include taking policy actions to shape the way the technology evolves and increasing dialogue at all levels to better understand how AI applications may be used in warfare. Any AI arms control will be challenging. There may be cases, however, where arms control is possible under the right conditions, and small steps today could help lay the groundwork for future successes."

For more information or to schedule an interview with the report authors, please contact Cameron Edinburgh at cedinburgh@cnas.org

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Authors

  • Paul Scharre

    Vice President and Director of Studies

    Paul Scharre is the Vice President and Director of Studies at CNAS. He is the award-winning author of Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. His firs...

  • Megan Lamberth

    Former Associate Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Megan Lamberth is a former Associate Fellow for the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. Her research focuses on U.S. strategy for emerging technologies and the k...