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Memo Outlines DOD Plans for Responsible Artificial Intelligence

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From the battlefield to the back office, artificial intelligence has the potential to transform how the Defense Department does business in areas like increasing the speed of decision making, making sense of complex data sets and improving efficiency in back-office operations. Ensuring that AI is developed, procured and used responsibly and ethically is a top priority for the department's top leader. "As the Department of Defense embraces artificial intelligence, it is imperative that we adopt responsible behavior, processes and outcomes in a manner that reflects the department's commitment to its core set of ethical principles," Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks wrote in a department-wide memorandum released last week. As part of that commitment to responsible artificial intelligence, or RAI, the memorandum sets forth foundational tenets for implementation across the department including a governance structure and processes to provide oversight and accountability; warfighter trust to ensure fidelity in the AI capability and its use, a systems engineering and risk management approach to implementation in the AI product and acquisition lifecycle; a robust ecosystem to ensure collaboration across government, academia, industry, and allies and build an AI-ready workforce. The memorandum also spelled out how the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will serve as the lead to coordinate the implementation and oversight of the department's RAI efforts.


DOD's Plan for Responsible Artificial Intelligence - MilitarySpot.com

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JUNE 2, 2021 – From the battlefield to the back office, artificial intelligence has the potential to transform how the Defense Department does business in areas like increasing the speed of decision making, making sense of complex data sets and improving efficiency in back-office operations. Ensuring that AI is developed, procured and used responsibly and ethically is a top priority for the department's top leader. "As the Department of Defense embraces artificial intelligence, it is imperative that we adopt responsible behavior, processes and outcomes in a manner that reflects the department's commitment to its core set of ethical principles," Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks wrote in a department-wide memorandum released last week. As part of that commitment to responsible artificial intelligence, or RAI, the memorandum sets forth foundational tenets for implementation across the department including a governance structure and processes to provide oversight and accountability; warfighter trust to ensure fidelity in the AI capability and its use, a systems engineering and risk management approach to implementation in the AI product and acquisition lifecycle; a robust ecosystem to ensure collaboration across government, academia, industry, and allies and build an AI-ready workforce. The memorandum also spelled out how the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will serve as the lead to coordinate the implementation and oversight of the department's RAI efforts.


DoD Policy Calls for "Responsible AI" in Defense Procurements of Artificial Intelligence

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As the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) seeks to increase funding for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for defense and national security purposes, a new policy memorandum directs the DoD to take steps to ensure that AI is designed, developed, and deployed in a responsible manner. In a May 26, 2021, memorandum titled "Implementing Responsible Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Defense," Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks calls for the incorporation of responsible AI principles into the DoD's AI requirements and acquisition processes. Ms. Hicks wrote: "As the DoD embraces [AI], it is imperative that we adopt responsible behavior, processes, and outcomes in a manner that reflects the Department's commitment to its ethical principles, including the protection of privacy and civil liberties." The memorandum outlines six "foundational tenets" for the DoD to implement "Responsible AI" across the DoD. It also reaffirms the DoD's AI Ethical Principles and confirms that they apply to all DoD AI capabilities of any scale, including AI-enabled autonomous systems.


The AI Ethics Journey Will Hit New Heights in 2021

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The Department of Defense adopted its Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence in February 2020, a first for any military organization. These principles build on the foundational work performed by the Defense Innovation Board and is tied directly to one of the pillars of the DoD AI Strategy: Leading in military ethics and safety. The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center serves as the Department's lead for coordinating the oversight and implementation of these principles. Alka Patel, head of AI Ethics Policy for the JAIC, focuses on how to operationalize the five DoD AI Ethics Principles (Responsible, Equitable, Traceable, Reliable and Governable) and put them into practice in the design, development, deployment, and use of AI-enabled capabilities. However, to operationalize these principles throughout the DoD, the JAIC is turning to Responsible AI – an enterprise-wide framework that provides the DoD workforce and the American public the confidence that DoD AI-enabled systems will be safe and reliable, and will adhere to ethical standards.


How The Department Of Defense Approaches Ethical AI

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Military and defense organizations using transformative technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning can realize tremendous gains and help to maintain advantages over increasingly capable adversaries and competitors. It can allow autonomous vehicles to go into terrain deemed too dangerous for humans, provide predictive analytics and maintenance to keep large fleets running smoothly and safely, and help to provide autonomous operations in difficult conditions. As the US Department of Defense (DoD) increasingly adopts AI technology in a wide variety of use cases ranging from back-office functions to battlefield operations, there is a realization that despite the benefits that AI can bring, there is also a risk of unintended consequences that could cause significant harm by using these various technologies. As a result, the DoD takes the topics of topics of ethics, transparency, and ethics policy very seriously. A few years ago, the DoD created the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, also referred to as the JAIC, to help figure out how to best move forward with this transformative technology.