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CHIPS Articles: Transforming the DoD through AI – DoD East Coast AI Symposium & Expo

Transforming the DoD through AI – DoD East Coast AI Symposium & Expo
By CHIPS Magazine - April 8, 2020
The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is sponsoring the Defense Department’s East Coast AI Symposium & Expo Sept. 9-10, 2020 Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Crystal City, Virginia. The Symposium & Expo is in answer to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s comments to Congress that the No. 1 for priority for DoD technology modernization ought to be AI.

"For me it's artificial intelligence. I think artificial intelligence will likely change the character of warfare, and I believe whoever masters it first will dominate on the battlefield for many, many, many years. It's a fundamental game changer. We have to get there first," Esper said.

The potential of AI is compared to harnessing the power of electricity, according to the JAIC website. The DoD aims to deliver AI-enabled solutions that benefit troops operating across the globe; safeguard citizens; defend allies; and improve the effectiveness, affordability, and the speed of DoD operations.

The two-day DoD AI Symposium and Exposition will bring together DoD, industry, academia, and AI experts and professionals across government to discuss the Department’s current activities, future direction, challenges, and areas of collaboration to operationalize AI. There will be separate track sessions to discuss items of relevance to DoD employees, academia, and industry.

In addition to the Symposium, there will be an exposition area for industry, academia, and DoD programs to demonstrate AI solutions and services that meet the military services' requirements.

The JAIC is at the vanguard of DoD transformation, said DoD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy. As one of the four pillars of our digital modernization strategy, AI is fundamental to the Defense Department's competitive posture and national security mission, he said.

The DoD CIO designated the JAIC as the focal point for accelerating AI's use in the Department in 2018. JAIC partners closely with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, who have been working for decades on our nation’s most cutting-edge developments in AI.

DoD established the JAIC in 2018 to seize upon the transformative potential of artificial intelligence technology for the benefit of America's national security. In January 2019, Lt Gen Jack Shanahan assumed his role as the first Director of the Joint AI Center. In February, the White House released the Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, and the DoD released the unclassified Summary of the DoD’s AI Strategy.

To register for the DoD East Coast AI Symposium & Exposition Sept. 9-10, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Crystal City, Virginia, please click

More information will be released soon including speaker updates. Go to the DoD East Coast AI Symposium & Exposition weblink – You can contact the JAIC at

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Five Pillars of the DoD AI Strategy
  • Deliver AI-enabled capabilities that address key missions.
  • Scale AI’s impact across DoD through a common foundation that enables decentralized development and experimentation.
  • Cultivate a leading AI workforce.
  • Engage with commercial, academic, and international allies and partners.
  • Lead in military ethics and AI safety.

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