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For Immediate Release:
June 22, 2018
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Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, hosted a closed subcommittee roundtable on artificial intelligence with subject matter experts and industry leaders. 

The roundtable continues Congresswoman Stefanik’s advocacy for increased investment and stronger Department of Defense oversight of artificial intelligence technologies.  Earlier this year, she introduced the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Act of 2018, which would create an independent National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.  This legislation was included in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which was overwhelmingly passed by the U.S. House of Representatives  last month.

Yesterday's roundtable included participants with expertise in small business, cyber security, and insight into industry trends and commercial artificial intelligence best practices. The roundtable, which included participants from Pilot.ai, FireEye, Accenture, and Boston Consulting Group, was an opportunity to understand how industry is approaching the opportunities, challenges, and implications of adopting artificial intelligence solutions. 

“Artificial intelligence and machine learning are topics of regular conversation and deep interest among the members of this subcommittee.  Over the last year, we have explored technology issues that could drastically change the way wars are fought, impacting not only our national security, but our economic security as well,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This subcommittee has taken concrete, bi-partisan actions to better organize the Department of Defense to oversee, accelerate, and integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.  We are encouraged by the Department’s aggressive efforts with Project MAVEN, and are interested in exploring other applications of AI that combine the strengths of government, industry, and academia to forge strong and lasting public-private partnerships.”

"We have seen progress in Department of Defense artificial intelligence pilot programs, but now we must scale to success,” Congresswoman Stefanik noted. “Yesterday was a good next step in identifying where corollary successes exist within the commercial sector and artificial intelligence solutions have already demonstrated quantifiable results.”


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