The United States reached a crucial milestone on its road to crafting a true national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) this week. On Monday, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) submitted its interim report to Congress. Its mandate is important and wide-ranging: it must consider every way possible to further the development of AI, machine learning and related technologies for U.S. national security and defense needs.
There is a lot to like in this document. The commission identified five lines of effort that the U.S. government should focus on: R&D investments; national security applications of AI, training and recruiting AI talent; protecting and building upon U.S. technical advantages; and promoting global AI cooperation. Underpinning these areas of focus is the clear-eyed recognition that the United States is in a strategic competition with Russia and China, and that AI lies at its center.
The commissioners are further guided by seven consensus principles that are rooted in the need for American leadership, a whole-of-society approach to developing and applying AI, investing in human capital, and underscoring the fundamental importance of American values for any use of AI by the United States.
Read the full article in Breaking Defense.
More from CNAS
VideoAmerican Leadership in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
How can the United States maintain its artificial intelligence leadership in a new era of global competition?...
By Michael Horowitz, Kara Frederick, Elsa B. Kania, Ashley J. Llorens & Amanda Askell
CommentaryWhat Congress Should Do with the 2020 Defense Budget
Summary There are many things that the administration’s 2020 defense budget request gets right. However, the proposal remains too focused on both the size of the joint force a...
By Susanna V. Blume
PodcastThe White House: Accelerating America's Leadership in Artificial Intelligence
On Thursday, February 28, Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy, visited CNAS to discuss the President's Executive Order on Maintaining Ame...
By Paul Scharre & Michael Kratsios
CommentaryThe White House and Defense Department unveiled AI strategies. Now what?
The White House and Department of Defense made major strides this month in artificial intelligence policy by unveiling two key strategy documents. On Feb. 11, President Trump...
By Megan Lamberth