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US National Security Agency unveils artificial intelligence security centre

Al Jazeera

The United States National Security Agency (NSA) has announced the creation of an artificial intelligence security centre that will oversee the development and integration of AI capabilities within US defence and intelligence services. Director of the NSA and US Cyber Command, General Paul Nakasone, said on Thursday that US officials were aware of the increasing importance of AI in the national security landscape and the opening of the new centre was part of steps to "shape the future" of AI technology in the security, defence and intelligence sectors. "We maintain an advantage in AI in the United States today. That AI advantage should not be taken for granted," Nakasone said at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, where he spoke about the opening of the centre and the growing threat that China posed. The AI centre will be incorporated into the NSA's current Cybersecurity Collaboration Center, Nakasone said, where it will become the focal point for "promoting the secure adoption of new AI capabilities across the national security enterprise and the defence industry base".

NSA announces new artificial intelligence security center: 'Desperately needed'

FOX News

Fox News correspondent Gillian Turner has the latest on the president's focus amid calls for an impeachment inquiry on "Special Report." The National Security Agency (NSA) will launch a new artificial intelligence security center to both protect U.S. AI systems and defend against external threats. The new security center launches as the U.S. government has increased its use of algorithms and AI systems in defense and intelligence and is seeking to safeguard systems from theft or sabotage. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, NSA director, told the Associated Press that the new center could be incorporated into the NSA's existing Cybersecurity Collaboration Center, which works with the private sector and internal partners to strengthen U.S. defenses from near-peer rivals such as China and Russia. Christopher Alexander, the chief analytics officer of Pioneer Development Group, told Fox News Digital such a center is "desperately needed for intelligence analysis and is crucial for national security."

The Morning After: The NSA announces new artificial intelligence security center


The National Security Agency (NSA) has launched a dedicated artificial intelligence security center. This apparently follows the increased government use of algorithms and AI systems, related to defense and intelligent systems. The security center aims to protect these systems from theft and sabotage, as well as safeguard the country from external AI-based threats. The NSA's outgoing director, General Paul Nakasone, says the division will operate within the existing Cybersecurity Collaboration Center. This entity works with private industry and international partners to protect the US from cyberattacks from China, Russia and other countries with active malware and hacking campaigns.

Who Is Paul Nakasone? Army Cyber Warfare Chief May Head NSA Soon

International Business Times

Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of the Army's digital warfare branch -- United States Army Cyber Command -- is likely to be nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the National Security Agency (NSA), reports said.

Chinese leader warmed to Japanese defense strength in 1980s, declassified records show

The Japan Times

Chinese government heavyweight Hu Yaobang told Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone in 1983 that he would not oppose an "appropriate enhancement" of Japan's defense capabilities, newly declassified records showed Thursday, underscoring the leading Chinese official's conciliatory stance toward the then-Japanese leader. At the time of Hu's visit to Japan and meeting with Nakasone in November 1983, Japan had stepped up economic support to China, centering on yen loans, after the countries signed a peace and friendship treaty in 1978. Hu's stance also apparently reflected an overwhelming power gap between Japan and China at the time. Hu, who was general secretary of China's Communist Party for much of the 1980s under the rule of paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, was known for being reform-minded and friendly toward Japan. According to a top-secret Japanese diplomatic file dated Nov. 24, 1983, Nakasone explained in the meeting held the same day that Japan would build up the necessary defense capacity to handle Soviet threats, within the bounds of the war-renouncing Constitution.