20 Aug 2019

US DOD experts discuss the need for cloud warfighting

Officials from the US Department of Defense spoke about the importance of cloud warfighting capabilities at a Pentagon event.

The Department of Defense (DOD) Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy spoke about the army’s readiness for cloud warfighting technology. He said that warfighters were ready for enterprise cloud technology to gain better access to data and digital tools.

Experts at the event also spoke about the need for other technological advancements like artificial intelligence in the military. General John N.T. Shanahan spoke about how AI will enable the cloud.

General Shanahan said: “The warfighter needed the enterprise cloud yesterday. Dominance in [artificial intelligence] is not a question of software engineering, but instead, it’s a result of combining capabilities at multiple levels. For AI across DOD, enterprise cloud is existential.”

“Local military equipment that is connected to the JEDI cloud hardware, could still operate and be used to execute missions in a degraded, disrupted or denied environment, extending enterprise cloud, in other words, all the way out to the tactical edge.”

“It is also about joint, all-domain warfighting. Taking advantage of emerging technologies to develop new operating concepts for a kind of warfare will look completely different than what we’ve experienced for the past 20 years.”

In this future high-end environment, DOD envisions a world of algorithmic warfare and autonomy in which competitive advantage goes to the side that understands how to harness 5G, AI, enterprise cloud in quantum into a viable, operational model. “

In this future high-end environment, the DOD envisions a world of algorithmic warfare and autonomy in which competitive advantage goes to the side that understands how to harness 5G, AI, enterprise cloud in quantum into a viable, operational model. AI remains a series of small-scale, stovepiped projects.

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