Please join the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and its Forward Defense practice for our latest public event, “The Future of Artificial Intelligence in National Security and Defense.”

Generously supported by Accrete AI, this event will take place on Wednesday, May 25, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET via Zoom. Register by clicking the button above.

As artificial intelligence (AI) transforms national security and defense, it is imperative for the Department of Defense (DoD), Congress, and the private sector to closely collaborate in order to advance major AI development priorities. However, key barriers remain, as bureaucracy, acquisition processes, and organizational culture continue to inhibit the military’s ability to bring in external innovation and move more rapidly toward AI integration and adoption. As China—and, to a lesser extent, Russia—develop their own capabilities, the stakes of the military AI competition are high, and time is short.

With keynote remarks by the Director of the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Lieutenant General Michael S. Groen, and by the CEO of Accrete AI, Prashant Bhuyan, as well as panel discussions on DoD’s and industry’s roles in AI development, this event will serve as an opportunity to examine the challenges and opportunities inherent in developing AI for national security and defense applications.

This event will also feature the launch of Forward Defense’s latest report, Eye to Eye in AI: Developing Artificial Intelligence for National Security and Defense by Margarita Konaev and Tate Nurkin, which examines the critical role of AI in national security, compares US, Chinese, and Russian progress in AI, and offers policy recommendations for improving the scale and pace of AI technology adoption and integration by the Pentagon.

We hope you can join us for this important and timely discussion. To receive the virtual Zoom link, please complete the registration form below.

Defense keynote by

Lieutenant General Michael S. Groen, USMC
Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, US Department of Defense

A panel discussion on defense integration of AI featuring

Jaime Fitzgibbon
Program Manager, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit, US Department of Defense

Margarita Konaev
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Forward Defense, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council;
Associate Director of Analysis and Research Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University;
Coauthor, Eye to Eye in AI: Developing Artificial Intelligence for National Security and Defense

Justin Lynch
Director, Research and Analysis, Special Competitive Studies Project

Moderated by

Lee Hudson
Defense Reporter, POLITICO

Industry keynote by

Prashant Bhuyan
Founder and CEO, Accrete AI

A panel discussion on industry’s role in AI development featuring

Prashant Bhuyan
Founder and CEO, Accrete AI

Steven Escaravage
Executive Vice President and Artificial Intelligence Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton

Ron Keesing
Senior Vice President for Technology Integration, Leidos

Amanda Muller
Consulting Artificial Intelligence Systems Engineer, Northrop Grumman

Moderated by

Stephen Rodriguez
Senior Advisor, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.