Mining the advantages
of artificial intelligence is in the best interest of national security,
a senior Pentagon official said today at the New America Future of War
Michael D. Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and
engineering, spoke about the involvement in artificial intelligence in
the future of warfare.
The conference was part of the Future of War project between New America
and Arizona State University, which brought together leaders from the
Defense Department, academia, journalism and private industry to explore
issues concerning international security and defense.
While conventional warfare remains an integral part of national defense,
Griffin said, there is room to expand defense strategy, and adding
artificial intelligence to that strategy is vital.
“We can’t lose sight of the fact that there are many dimensions of
national security,” he said. “We have to add a new one without losing
any others. This is a discipline that we have to add on.”
Staying Ahead of Adversaries
Griffin said that given the desires of different nations to prevail over
others, cyberattacks and artificial intelligence will naturally occur as
nations seek for new ways to conquer their adversaries. He said the
United States must stay ahead of its adversaries in the newly developed
realm of artificial intelligence.
don’t have a mature adult in front of us in [artificial intelligence];
we have an infant,” he said. “But we can conclude that there might be
some real advantages, and we can’t let others be the only one to mine
According to information outlined in the National Defense Strategy,
Griffin said, he feels the United States can modernize in more than 10
areas of national security, including artificial intelligence, to remain
prepared for the future of war in the cyber realm.
“In an advanced society, the number of different ways to be vulnerable
increases greatly,” he said. “Artificial intelligence and cyber and some
of these newer realms offer possibilities to our adversaries to do that.
We must see to it that we cannot be surprised.”