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Greg Allen, chief of strategy and communication at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, breaks down their goals and priorities for AI at the Pentagon, and how they strive to be a new “center of excellence.”

The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is aiming to build AI capabilities across the Department of Defense. Through new methods of AI adoption and software tools, machine learning could become pervasive throughout the military services. Greg Allen, Chief of Strategy and Communication at JAIC, says that there are some civilian analogues to their work.

 

“We very much view this as a center of excellence for the entire Department of Defense. That’s explicitly our mandate as spelled out in the Department of Defense AI Strategy. What we are trying to do is kick start a few specific initiatives focused on AI capabilities that have relevance to all the armed services and the DoD components. In addition to our specific mission initiatives, we’re also building a suite of AI infrastructure tools that will be made available to the entire department,” Allen said.

“If you use our AI infrastructure, what we call the Joint Common Foundation, you can actually as a military service or DoD component accelerate your own AI initiatives, even if they don’t have joint relevance. This is exactly what we are trying to accomplish; to both deliver near-term capabilities… and also lay the foundation for much broader adoption of AI across the Department of Defense.”

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