Artificial Intelligence for Defense Applications
USMA Research Unit Affiliation
Army Cyber Institute
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a set of algorithmic techniques, tools and technologies that provide machines with the ability to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence – to perceive the world, learn from experience, reason about information, represent knowledge, act and adapt. Given the multitude of rapid technological advancements in AI, the defense community has emphasized the importance of leveraging these very technologies to be prepared to fight and win the wars of the future. As one of the ways to modernize key capabilities, the defense community has specifically mentioned the need to invest broadly in the military application of AI, including rapid application of commercial breakthroughs, to gain competitive military advantages. To solve some of the most critical problems facing the defense community, the future force requires the ability to converge capabilities from across multiple domains at speeds and scales beyond human cognitive abilities. This work promotes an understanding of AI for defense applications, as well as provide awareness into some of the state-of-the-art research and development activities in AI that are applicable to defense applications spanning fraud detection for national security, computer vision for satellite imagery analysis, hidden markov modeling for the maritime domain, deep learning for radio frequency systems, representation learning for militarily relevant graphs, and robot swarms for military reconnaissance and surveillance.
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