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The Pentagon has more than 600 artifical intelligence projects underway, but that does not necessarily signal a race for AI as a part of Great Power Competition (a strategic approach towards adversaries that includes renewed emphasis on nuclear deterrence and stronger NATO and Indo-Pacific military capabilities).

  • Paul Scharre, former special assistant to the under secretary of defense for policy, now vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, said the popular idea that there is an AI arms race is a misconception because spending is not going beyond normal levels.
  • Scharre said the most important focus for artifical intelligence is implementing it better than competitors because having an edge in the actual technology is not realistic.
  • Scharre said a challenge for the Defense Department is to make sure AI and machine learning tools for warfighters are reliable and trustworthy.
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