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Software-defined warfare: Architecting the DOD’s transition to the digital age

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In this exclusive op-ed, retired Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan and Nand Mulchandani share why the U.S. military needs a new design and architecture, based on technology, to retain its dominance.

Amid a high-stakes transition, questions linger about Project Maven’s future management


Project Maven is in the midst of a major transition that will split the responsibilities for some of its elements between NGA and DOD's CDAO.

DOD to roll out new online marketplace to speedily buy AI-aligned tech


The Pentagon’s Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) is preparing to launch a new one-stop online “marketplace” to solicit, evaluate and curate technologies specifically associated with AI, machine learning, data and analytics — and also enable Defense Department components to rapidly buy those digital capabilities, according to a recently published special notice.  With its partners in the Army Contracting Command-Rock Island and the Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3), the CDAO…

Pentagon announces new leadership for chief digital, AI office


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 names new chief of responsible artificial intelligence


The Pentagon has tapped artificial intelligence ethics and research expert Diane Staheli to lead the Responsible AI (RAI) Division of its new Chief Digital and AI Office (CDAO), FedScoop confirmed on Tuesday. In this role, Staheli will help steer the Defense Department’s development and application of policies, practices, standards and metrics for buying and building AI that is trustworthy and accountable. She enters the position nearly nine months after DOD’s…

Pentagon hires first chief digital and AI officer from Lyft


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…

JAIC director sees improvement in Pentagon contracting for artificial intelligence capabilities


The Department of Defense is getting better at contracting as the U.S. military accelerates its efforts to integrate artificial intelligence into the force, the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center said Wednesday. Protecting the government’s intellectual property is one example of an area where improvements have been made, according to Lt. Gen. Michael Groen. In the past “lots of vendors started to come on board and …  [were] charging…

DOD doesn't have what it needs for 'software supremacy,' Eric Schmidt says


The military conflicts of tomorrow will be driven in large part by technologies like artificial intelligence, but the Department of Defense doesn’t yet have the talent and innovative mindset to achieve the “software supremacy” needed to compete with global powers like China, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said recently. “Why is software so important? Because the next battles will be fought based on software supremacy. They really will be,” said…

Nand Mulchandani steps down as Joint Artificial Intelligence Center CTO


Nand Mulchandani announced Thursday he has stepped down from his role as chief technology officer of the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. William Streilein, a staff member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, has joined the JAIC to fill Mulchandani’s vacancy. A Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, Mulchandani took the CTO role in June 2019, about a year after the JAIC was created. He also served as interim director…