In establishing a foundation across an organization as large as the Department of Defense, it takes an organizational shift that’s supported by allies across industry and academia – and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is building towards that.

A mass organizational shift to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) as more of a strategic asset, experts at JAIC say that their agency is asking for industry to provide the work statements based on what they suggest for AI implementation, rather than the other way around.

“No broad, sweeping application of the technology is going to make an effect on anything that we’re doing just as a result of the ecosystem being ingrained and the result of the policies that are already in place,” Maj. Daniel Tadross, Predictive Maintenance at JAIC said. “So we need to be able to look at how if we at the JAIC are able to scope a problem down appropriately and we’re looking at industry and being able to provide the input of what technologies might be applicable, what type of approach might be worthy of an attempt, where we can look at those quick wins and those abilities to kind of identify incremental gains as we deploy.”

Chief of Strategic Engagement and Policy Mark Beall suggested that being on the same page for AI application is critical with industry because of the heavy reliance on private sector to assist with AI integration.

“So there may be a time with building up our organic force to learn AI, but for now – at least we are and for the indefinite future – we will always rely on industry to accomplish our mission,”

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk's Assistant Copy & Production Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.