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DOD addressing 'obstacle course' of impediments holding back work with cybersecurity startups

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John Sherman and others in the Pentagon are working to eradicate roadblocks keeping cybersecurity startups and other companies from scaling business with the Department of Defense.

Pentagon elevates key AI governance body

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Tucked into the Pentagon’s new, broad plan to operationalize artificial intelligence responsibly across the department’s sprawling enterprise is a clear elevation in seniority of its primary mechanism for AI governance. The Chief Digital and AI Office’s (CDAO) Governing Council — a 4-star level governance body run by this newly established office that falls under the deputy defense secretary — has replaced the former AI Executive Steering Group, which was a…

Pentagon’s year-old AI and data acceleration effort faces uncertain future

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Roughly a year into its existence, the Defense Department’s Artificial Intelligence and Data Acceleration (ADA) initiative is making notable impacts, according to senior officials — but, like many of the Pentagon’s maturing digital efforts, it might not always exist permanently as it does now. ADA was launched to help DOD strategically and rapidly advance data- and AI-dependent concepts across its massive enterprise. The initiative is named after Ada Lovelace, who is…

New digital and AI chief commits to helping solve the Pentagon’s ‘software problem'

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The Pentagon’s first permanent chief digital and artificial intelligence officer (CDAO) agreed to deliberately confront the complex software development and implementation challenges plaguing the massive defense enterprise during his early days on the job. In one of his first public speaking engagements since leaving his Silicon Valley-based role leading machine learning at Lyft to steer this new Defense Department office, CDAO Craig Martell asked Eric Schmidt for feedback on some…

Pentagon announces new leadership for chief digital, AI office

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The Pentagon’s new Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) has hired nearly a dozen senior leaders to serve in its top positions — and met its June 1 deadline to reach full operating capability, FedScoop learned Wednesday. This news comes nearly six months after the Department of Defense launched a major organizational restructure to place a number of technology-driving components under this newly established office, with the ultimate aim…

Pentagon hires first chief digital and AI officer from Lyft

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Craig Martell has left his role as head of machine learning for Silicon Valley rideshare company Lyft to be the Pentagon’s first chief digital and artificial intelligence officer, the Department of Defense announced Monday. Martell has also held machine learning and AI roles at Dropbox and Linkedin. His professional experience with the U.S. military is limited to his service as a tenured computer science professor at the Naval Postgraduate School…