The United States Army has announced that it would invest USD72 million in Artificial Intelligence research to increase the readiness of soldiers off and on the battlefield. This five-year program will see Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory division, associated with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and a consortium of other academic institutions to develop AI for enhancing national security and defense capability.
The group will specially set out on the research of adversarial algorithms which can respond to enemy AI, autonomous networking that adapts to electromagnetic and cyber events, and systems that augment survivability in a challenging environment. According to the Army, the group will follow automated sense-making technologies, systems that produce immediate insights. In a statement, the director of the Army’s corporate laboratory, Dr. Philip Perconti stated that there is no greater challenge or opportunities facing the Army than AI. They are looking forward to making great advancements in AI research to make sure readiness today and to improve the Army’s modernization priorities for the future. The partnership pursues on the heels of collaboration between the Army Research Laboratory and Carnegie Mellon under the former’s Open Campus initiative, where Carnegie Mellon joined last year and develops on the university’s 70-year relationship with the Defense Department.
The U.S. defense spending on Artificial Intelligence indicates no signals of slowing, if anything, it’s accelerating. Recently, the U.S. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agent) expected to invest USD 2 billion over the next five years on military AI projects. The Pentagon’s controversial Project Maven, which taps Machine Learning to spot and categorize objects of interest in drone footage, recently received a 580 percent funding increase in this year’s USD717 billion National Defense Authorization Act.