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Three Things Leaders Need to Know Before Investing in Artificial Intelligence

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Army Cyber Institute

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Artificial intelligence (AI) solution vendors pitch multiple AI capabilities that have the potential to revolutionize the Department of Defense (DoD). How do leaders sift through the “snake oil” and find real applications? How can leaders navigate organizational challenges and identify their best use cases for AI? The truth is, “AI can find answers, but humans have to ask the right [kind of] questions." This article explains three steps that every leader needs to know before they invest in AI. The three steps are finding the best use cases for AI, readying data for AI, and ensuring a comprehensive data solution. It concludes with recommendations for the DoD’s future to achieve AI literacy in the workforce.

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