The NSA Forms a New Central AI Security Hub

The NSA Forms a New Central AI Security Hub

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The US National Security Agency (NSA) has recently announced a new AI Security Center meant to address the “opportunities and challenges” of artificial intelligence integration with national defense, and ensure the US maintains its global stronghold on how the technology is developed and used.

NSA Director Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone said: “AI will be increasingly consequential for national security in diplomatic, technological and economic matters for our country and our allies and partners,” and added that the AI Security Center will partner up with private US industry and national labs, academia within the intelligence community, the US Defense Department (DoD), and certain foreign partners.

According to Cybernews, this new security entity will allow the US intelligence agency to combine many security-related AI tasks while overseeing the development and integration of AI capabilities within US national security systems, which include developing AI best practices, examining AI methodology, and analyzing risk frameworks.

Defense officials have stated that the most recent strategies guiding US national security, defense, and intelligence emphasize the increasingly important role of AI, and so the center will also ensure the US contains AI threats involving critical infrastructure, while deploying AI capabilities within the US defense sector.

Furthermore, US officials have reportedly made a “political declaration” regarding the responsible military use of AI, stating they aim to lead the world in how to define norms regarding responsible AI use in military conflicts.

The NSA director has also opined that it is critical the nation maintains its leadership as artificial intelligence technology “rockets forward with innovation,” noting that foreign adversaries have been using “theft and exploitation” of US intellectual property for decades, and will continue to do so as AI applications and innovation advance.