In this edition, we explore a few of the recent efforts by the Department of the Navy to attain advanced capabilities using the powerful fusion of machine-learning, artificial intelligence, data science, autonomy, and human-machine teaming to further drive naval warfare innovation and efficient business operations.
The DON has long been invested in applying these technologies to solve its top problems. The DON aims to make the naval services more lethal on the battlefield and reduce the risk to personnel and high value assets by taking the man out of the loop. The objective is to create AI systems that can free warfighters from dirty, dangerous and tedious activities, like mine disposal and cargo delivery, so they can focus on solving more complex warfighting challenges.
Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, the Navy Cyber Security Division Director on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2N6), and the Digital Warfare Office staff discuss the Navy’s vision for utilizing the Navy’s data for warfighting advantage.
Admiral Barrett observed that to truly achieve what some experts are calling “algorithmic warfare,” the Navy must move rapidly to data standardization and cloud computing. “To move these capabilities to the tactical edge we need to fundamentally change how we create and deliver content. We are at the point where we need revolution not evolution in those operational and technical architectures. This includes increased standardization, and becoming more agile so we can field capability quickly and better secure and efficiently transport data,” she said.
We are a data-driven nation.
On the homefront, for many years industry has produced a succession of high tech household appliances and devices designed to take the drudgery out of routine housekeeping tasks.
From robotic cleaning devices to smart appliances, to HVAC controls and security systems, the plethora of household innovations, coupled with the internet of things (IoT) technology, has fostered a new generation of products aimed at enriching our daily lives, conserving energy, keeping us safe and reducing the number of mundane tasks we perform each day.
From high tech manufacturing to online retailers, the application of these technologies has created highly efficient systems and increasing productivity. Health care providers leverage the convergence of these technologies to improve patient care, diagnose illnesses more quickly, and predict and prevent pandemics.
On an international scale, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in conjunction with multiple organizations and government agencies, is working to build “Smart and Secure Cities and Communities.” The idea is to make communities more resilient in the face of national disasters and other emergency situations. In a February event, Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge Kickoff 2018, hundreds of tech innovators and municipal governments from around the world will seek to harness the power of networked IoT to address common problems — from easing traffic congestion and mitigating electrical blackouts to coordinating emergency response — solutions which can then be effectively replicated across multiple communities, according to NIST.
The possibilities for using these technologies for the common good, public safety and national defense appear limitless and can help ensure America’s national security and economic prosperity — as well as improving the quality of life for individuals.
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Sharon Anderson is the CHIPS senior editor. She can be reached at email@example.com