Our most critical mission: embrace AI


Artificial intelligence (AI) is a complex technology that is growing rapidly. In a recent FedScoop panel, Brett Vaughn, Chief AI Officer of the Navy, and Willie Hicks, Federal Technical Director of Dynatrace discuss this emerging technology, including:

  • Their definition of AI

  • How AI is used in the Navy

  • How to adopt AI quickly and effectively to stay in the “AI arms race”

How to define AI?

When asked how he defines AI, Vaughn made it clear that it is not a simple concept, saying the technology is “close to the realm of science fiction.” To gain the most accurate understanding of AI, the Navy follows three basic mental models:

  • Definition of AI by the Oxford Dictionary: “The theory and development of computer systems capable of performing tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision making and translation between languages. ”

  • The Navy places the AI ​​in a constellation-like order, in which each group connects to the other to create the overall general AI. These individual groups are; Rules-based automation, intelligent automation, cognitive analytics, and narrow AI.

  • The Pile of AI Carnegie Melon, which acts as a kind of model for the development of AI.

Hicks supports Vaughn’s notions, adding his perspective from an industry perspective: “For us, it’s really about solving problems. Very complex problems.” The issues he refers to are not new to the industry, but as technology advances AI can help human operators move the whole mission forward.

How is AI used in the Navy?

With massive technological environments, such as Navy ships and submarines, the complexity of the system continues to grow. The Navy’s goal is to harness and maximize the potential of AI by focusing on three objectives:

  • Reduce labor: Use Intelligent Automation to ease the burden of repetitive back-office tasks
  • Autonomy in the system: Develop and deploy AI to facilitate the sense of mission, as well as the simple locomotion and navigation of the vehicle
  • Help with the decision: leverage human operators to do what they do best and use machines to be more efficient

How are you going to stay in the AI ​​arms race?

On March 1, 2021, the National Security Commission (NSC) published its AI report was published, which refers to the “AI arms race” – an international race to harness AI. The Navy has a dedicated AI center that has been in operation for over 40 years. The race to adopt AI technology has been on for a long time, and to keep the United States from losing its mind, now is the time to act. The NSC has set the goal of an AI-enabled Defense Ministry by 2025.

With the adversary so close on our heels, it’s a call to action: “It is our (industry’s) duty to assist the federal government in this most critical mission,” says Hicks. “As our military moves forward in adopting AI, our mission is to help in any way we can.” Watch the webinar on demand here.


Dynatrace Inc. published this content on November 10, 2021 and is solely responsible for the information it contains. Distributed by Public, unedited and unmodified, on November 10, 2021 05:08:03 PM UTC.


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