Automation Versus AI In National Defense: Are We Overprescribing AI?
The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has influenced many sectors to embrace technology and apply some form of AI to their workflow. Because of this popularity, terms like “AI'' and “automation” can start to lose their meaning—and their purpose.
Tech solutions should help organizations accomplish their goals more efficiently. Over the past several years, the federal government has increased its focus on utilizing more advanced technology for a wider variety of complex problems. As the ecosystem of solution providers grows to foster more innovation, the question becomes whether the government is asking the right questions upfront.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is one of the most secure federal departments that works with sensitive and intelligent data. The DoD has started to look at AI solutions and in 2020, the Congressional Research Office (CRS) asked the following questions for the department:
- What types of military AI applications are possible, and what limits, if any, should be imposed?
- What unique advantages and vulnerabilities come with employing AI for defense?
- How will AI change warfare, and what influence will it have on the military balance with U.S. competitors?
These questions are important to understand how AI can be developed and how it will be used in the defense industry. The nuance of military combat requires special attention to data in order to make informed and intelligent decisions.
As an example, in our work with the Army, RGi has been working on experimental geospatial workflows for military missions including surveying, surveillance and reconnaissance. We investigate how AI specifically can provide enriched and meaningful insights that will lead to more informed, accurate and timely decisions during combat operations.