The Pentagon Will Hire Its First AI Director

The Pentagon has released guidance on the responsible use of AI technologies for third-party developers.

The US Department of Defense will hire its first senior director of digital and artificial intelligence (AI) technology and will officially open a new office by the summer of 2022. To that end, the Pentagon will undertake the restructuring it believes is necessary to advance the integration of data, technology and innovation across the ministry.

The new chief executive, yet to be elected, will report directly to Assistant Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks. Once the office is formed, the Director will oversee and support the consolidation of all data and AI work led by the US Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center, the Office of the Senior Director of Data, and the Digital Defense Service.

The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Division, which is contracting with companies, has released guidance on the responsible use of AI technologies for third-party developers. The guide outlines the rules that developers must follow when creating AI technologies for the military.

The guide walks you through the planning, development, and deployment process step by step. The document includes procedures for identifying persons who are allowed to use these technologies, who they can harm, what harm they can cause and how it can be avoided (both before the creation of the system and after its launch).

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