Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies such as machine learning are already being used by the Department of Defense in operations in Iraq and Syria, and they have many potential uses in intelligence processing, military logistics, cyber defense, as well as autonomous weapon systems.
The range of such applications for defense and intelligence is surveyed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service.
The CRS report also reviews DoD funding for AI, international competition in the field, including Chinese investment in US AI companies, and the foreseeable impacts of AI technologies on the future of combat. See Artificial Intelligence and National Security, April 26, 2018.
“We’re going to have self-driving vehicles in theater for the Army before we’ll have self-driving cars on the streets,” Michael Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told Congress last month (as reported by Bloomberg).
Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following.
Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy, April 25, 2018
OPIC, USAID, and Proposed Development Finance Reorganization, April 27, 2018
OPEC and Non-OPEC Crude Oil Production Agreement: Compliance Status, CRS Insight, April 26, 2018
What Is the Farm Bill?, updated April 26, 2018
Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress, updated April 27, 2018
African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2018, updated April 26, 2018