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New GAO Report on Artificial Intelligence in DoD

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued an important new report of interest to defense acquisition workforce professionals entitled “GAO-22-104765 Artificial Intelligence: Status of…

New GAO Report on Artificial Intelligence in DoD

New GAO Report on Artificial Intelligence in DoD
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued an important new report of interest to defense acquisition workforce professionals entitled “GAO-22-104765 Artificial Intelligence: Status of Developing and Acquiring Capabilities for Weapon Systems”.

According to the GAO, “DOD is working to develop AI capabilities—computer systems capable of tasks that normally require human intelligence. We found that DOD's efforts to acquire AI come with some challenges that DOD usually faces, such as DOD's long acquisition processes and shortages of skilled staff, as well as AI-specific challenges like having enough usable data to train the AI. For example, AI for detecting an adversary's submarines requires gathering many images of various submarines and labeling them so the AI can learn to identify one on its own. DOD has initiated efforts to address such challenges, but it is too soon to assess their effectiveness.”