US defense innovation and artificial intelligence

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The United States seeks conventional military overmatch in the strategic competition with China and Russia through efforts to develop advanced technology for military application and new concept of operations as well as pursue organizational adaptation and human talent pool development. The current article will trace the development of US defense innovation efforts from the Obama administration to the Trump administration and focus on the technological dimension of defense innovation by illustrating ways through which the U.S. Department of Defense is attempting to apply “narrow” artificial intelligence for military purposes such as situational awareness, cyber, military logistics, command and control, and swarm technology and tactics for autonomous unmanned systems. The article will conclude by making two caveats regarding the actual introduction of artificial intelligence into the US battle network, and very briefly point to implications for US allies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-44
Number of pages29
JournalAsia-Pacific Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 3
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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