NSCAI Looks to
Win AI Technology Competition|
March 3, 2021
The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) submitted its final report to Congress and the President on March 1, 2021, after a unanimous vote to approve. During the virtual public plenary session, which included a media availability, NSCAI Commissioners provided statements on the recommendations and took questions from the media and public. The public plenary and media availability can be viewed on the NSCAI YouTube channel.
“It’s important to realize that you can’t just flip a switch and have these capabilities in place, it takes steady, committed hard work over a long period of time to bring these capabilities to fruition,” said NSCAI Commissioner Andy Jassy, and fellow NSCAI Commissioner Ken Ford, said, “This report lays out an actionable path to an AI-enabled future.”
Over the past two years, the 15-member Commission representing a diverse group of technologists, business executives, academic leaders, and national security professionals, issued an initial report in July 2019, interim reports in November 2019 and October 2020, two additional quarterly memorandums, a series of special papers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now a final report. The Commission worked in close collaboration with the Congress, the White House, and executive departments and agencies. The goal was to produce a comprehensive and enduring national approach to maintain America’s AI advantages related to national security.
“We are asking for [the U.S. government] to break out of our traditional silos and work together. This is meant for our nation,” said NSCAI Commissioner Safra Catz.
The final report provides a strategy to get the United States AI-ready by 2025 and was divided into two parts:
The Commissioners focused on four pillars for immediate action:
“The demand for AI talent and proficiency is expanding across all of the services, all of the cabinets, and all of the agencies” said NSCAI Vice Chair Bob Work.
“We will need democratic allies in this competition and we must keep democratic values at the forefront of our decisions on using AI,” said NSCAI Chair Eric Schmidt. The Commission is an independent federal entity, and its goal is to complement and strengthen ongoing AI-related efforts in the executive branch and Congress, while also making additional recommendations to integrate artificial intelligence into national security programs. The Commission staff will continue to reach out to academia, industry, non-profits, associations, and government to discuss the recommendations made in the final report.