Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks Demonstrates 3D Technology Training Device) Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks participates in a Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System 3D® (MRTS 3D®) technology training device demonstration and discussion with staff at the Center for Information Warfare Training and Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station in April 2020. The 3D technology training device is designed to allow users to interact with virtual reality technology to

Pentagon has released its long-awaited Responsible Artificial Intelligence (RAI) Strategy and Implementation Pathway, acknowledging that the Defense Department won’t be able to maintain a competitive advantage without transforming itself into an AI-ready and data-centric organization that holds RAI as a prominent feature. The toolkit itself will include a set of operationally-relevant RAI-related evaluation criteria, guidance on how industry can meet DoD’s AI Ethical Principles and “standard AI contract language that provides clauses for: independent government [test and evaluation] of AI capabilities, methods of immediate remediation when the vendor-provided AI capabilities cannot be used in accordance with the DoD AI Ethical Principles, requesting training and documentation from vendors, performance monitoring of AI capabilities, and appropriate data deliverables and rights” and any other relevant resources. The new strategy includes a set of “foundational tenets”: RAI governance, warfighter trust, AI product and acquisition lifecycle, requirements validation, RAI ecosystem and AI workforce. As for the AI workforce, the strategy outlines efforts to bolster it: developing a mechanism to identify and track AI expertise across DoD by leveraging existing coding efforts and developing standardized personnel coding mechanisms; conducting a gap analysis to determine whether any additional skills are needed to successfully implement RAI; and other efforts to recruit and maintain AI experts. Ultimately, the Pentagon’s desired end state for RAI is trust, according to the strategy. “These efforts will help foster appropriate levels of trust, enabling the workforce to move from viewing AI as an enigmatic and incomprehensible technology to understanding the capabilities and limitations of this widely adopted and accepted technology.” The enterprise-wide strategy, signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks and published Wednesday [PDF], sets the Defense Department up for the next step in its AI journey by outlining several action items surrounding test and evaluation requirements and bolstering its digital workforce. “It is imperative that the DoD adopts responsible behavior, processes and objectives and implements them in a manner that reflects the Department’s commitment to its AI Ethical Principles,” the strategy says. (Breaking Defense). Continue reading.

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