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Transformation in the focus of US defense artificial intelligence efforts. The Pentagon’s artificial intelligence hub is shifting its focus to enabling joint warfighting operations, developing artificial intelligence tools that will be integrated into the Department of Defense’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JAIC) efforts.

JAIC is charged with accelerating AI adoption across the Department of Defense.

Nand Mulchandani, acting director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said: “The AI capabilities JAIC is developing as part of the joint warfighting operations mission initiative will use mature AI technology to create a decisive advantage for the American war fighter.”

That marks a significant change from where JAIC stood more than a yer ago, when the organization was still being stood up with a focus on using AI for efforts like predictive maintenance. That transformation appears to be driven by the DoD’s focus on developing JADC2, a system of systems approach that will connect sensors to shooters in near-real time, according to

“JADC2 is not a single product. It is a collection of platforms that get stitched together — woven together ― into effectively a platform. One example of the organization’s joint warfighting work is the fire support cognitive system, an effort JAIC was pursuing in partnership with the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab and the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical. That system, Mulchandani said, will manage and triage all incoming communications in support of JADC2.

“We do have a project going on under joint warfighting which we are going to be actually go into testing,” he said.