Pentagon Struggling to Attract Artificial Intelligence Experts

Pentagon Struggling to Attract Artificial Intelligence Experts Photo: Getty The Defense Department sees artificial intelligence, also known as AI, as a key technology for maintaining its advantage over adversaries. But the Pentagon faces stiff competition from commercial industry for computer science talent, a top algorithmic warfare officer said July 13.While other nations are advancing their AI capabilities, so are firms here in the United States.“We are in AI arms race frankly, and it’s happening in industry,” Marine Col. Drew Cukor, chief of the Pentagon’s new algorithmic warfare cross-function team, said at a military technology conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by Defense One.“The big five internet companies really are pursuing this heavily,” he said.He noted that Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is now referring to Google as an AI company, not a data company.“Everyone is in this space and there’s just a ton of money” being invested in it, he said. Commercial industry spent about $36 billion last year in this area, according to Cukor.Silicon Valley is paying top dollar to hire talent, he noted.“What I notice from the government perspective as I go around is that these young software engineers are essentially making NFL salaries,” he said.…

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