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Heinrich, Portman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation

Heinrich, Portman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen the Department of Defense's Artificial Intelligence Capacity
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, introduced the bipartisan Artificial Intelligence for the Armed Forces Act. It will strengthen the Department of Defense's (DoD) artificial intelligence (AI) capacity by increasing the number of AI and cyber professionals.

Heinrich said: “As advances are made in artificial intelligence – and as foreign adversaries threaten ethical, safety, and privacy standards – there is a clear need to ensure the Department of Defense has the leadership and workforce needed to excel in AI. We must make sure DoD is using the tools at their disposal to recruit the next generation of AI professionals and give them the authority they need to hire experts in the field. I am proud to join Senator Portman in this bipartisan effort to enhance DoD's AI capabilities and keep working to develop smart, responsible policies that keep our nation at the forefront of critical artificial intelligence innovations.

The American military should utilize every tool available, including artificial intelligence, to carry out its mission. The National Security Commission on AI has done great work researching how to make the United States more competitive and capable when it comes to AI. But their work is only half the battle,” said Portman. This bipartisan legislation builds on the Commission's efforts to strengthen our military's AI capabilities by enabling the increased hiring of AI and cyber professionals.”

Specifically, the Artificial Intelligence for the Armed Forces Act:

These provisions implement the recommendations made by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence in March 2020.

Source: Press Release
Date: June 17, 2020
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