The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies has released a new report, Six Questions Every DOD AI and Autonomy Program Manager Needs to Be Prepared to Answer.

A great deal has been accomplished in the DOD’s effort to accelerate the adoption of AI since the launch of Project Maven. However, the department still lags behind commercial industry, which continues to deliver breakthroughs in AI and autonomous systems technology, most recently in generative AI.

This report examines DOD AI and autonomy adoption as viewed through the eyes of a DOD AI program manager and the challenges they face. It provides fresh insights into the question of why Ukrainian volunteers can field impactful military AI software in weeks, while many parts of the DOD often struggle to do so even with far more time and resources. It examines six critical inputs necessary for high-quality and impactful AI-enabled capability to be developed and deployed to users in the DOD—mission, data, computing infrastructure, technical talent, end-user feedback, and budget—and provides key questions that DOD AI and autonomy program managers should be prepared to answer as they embark upon pursuing an AI solution to a given problem.

Read the full report here.

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