Defense + national security + autonomy

Artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems are transforming the public and private spheres, and the US Department of Defense is gearing up to field autonomous systems in operational settings. As the pace of warfare increases, autonomous capabilities will play a key role in ensuring the US adapts to new threats in real-time.

Following on from the Nexus 22 symposium, Forward Defense experts explore the implications of autonomous systems for the future of defense: the threat from adversaries, the challenges for trust and acquisition, and the opportunities for national security.

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May 25, 2022

Nexus 22 in review

By Alyxandra Marine, Caroline Steel, Christian Trotti

On May 17, 2022, the Scowcroft Center’s Forward Defense practice collaborated with Applied Intuition to host Nexus 22, a symposium at the intersection of autonomy, defense, and national security. The symposium addressed and answered key questions on the future of autonomous systems in competition, deterrence, and warfare.

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