Pentagon Creates Task Force to Oversee Generative AI

Pentagon Creates Task Force to Oversee Generative AI

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The US Department of Defence (DoD) has created a task force named “Lima” meant to investigate and integrate AI systems into defense technologies. This body will ensure that the Department remains at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies while safeguarding national security.

Large Language Models (LLMs) and other artificial intelligence-based capabilities are trained on enormous datasets to produce material at near-instantaneous speeds, skills that create new opportunities while posing considerable new and long-term hazards.

“As we navigate the transformative power of generative AI, our focus remains steadfast on ensuring national security, minimizing risks, and responsibly integrating these technologies. The future of defense is not just about adopting cutting-edge technologies, but doing so with foresight, responsibility, and a deep understanding of the broader implications for our nation,” said Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks.

According to Interesting Engineering, the Department intends to use AI-based technology to improve its operations in warfighting, business affairs, health, preparedness, and policy. The task force will minimize risk and redundancy while advancing generative AI efforts throughout the Department by leveraging collaborations across the Intelligence Community.

Dr. Craig Martell, the DoD Chief Digital, and Artificial Intelligence Officer said in a statement- “The DoD has an imperative to responsibly pursue the adoption of generative AI models while identifying proper protective measures and mitigating national security risks that may result from issues such as poorly managed training data. We must also consider the extent to which our adversaries will employ this technology and seek to disrupt our own use of AI-based solutions.”

DoD hopes Task Force Lima will direct the Department’s research and responsible fielding of generative AI capabilities within and across the Department, offering guidance and recommendations to vital policy-making authorities.