GovWhitePapers Logo

Sorry, your browser is not compatible with this application. Please use the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari.

Artificial Intelligence and National Security

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a rapidly growing field of technology with potentially significant implications for national security. As such, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other nations are developing AI applications for a range of military functions. AI research is underway in the fields of intelligence collection and analysis, logistics, cyber operations, information operations, command and control, and in a variety of semiautonomous and autonomous vehicles. Already, AI has been incorporated into military operations in Iraq and Syria. Congressional action has the potential to shape the technology’s development further, with budgetary and legislative decisions influencing the growth of military applications as well as the pace of their adoption.

AI technologies present unique challenges for military integration, particularly because the bulk of AI development is happening in the commercial sector. Although AI is not unique in this regard, the defense acquisition process may need to be adapted for acquiring emerging technologies like AI.

  • Author(s):
  • Kelley M. Sayler | Analyst in Advanced Technology and Global Security
  • Share this:
  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Twitter
  • Share via Email
  • Share on LinkedIn
Format:
  • White Paper
Topics:
Website:Visit Publisher Website
Publisher:Congressional Research Service
Published:November 21, 2019
License:Public Domain

Featured Content

Contact Publisher

Claim Content