Future Trends

Commission Pushes for Increased AI Investments, Expansion of Microelectronics Programs

Commission Pushes for Increased AI Investments, Expansion of Microelectronics Programs

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence has offered the government initial policy recommendations that align with a broader effort to facilitate the Department of Defense’s transition to a digital enterprise.

Specifically, the commission wants the government to double non-defense AI research and development funding to $2B for fiscal year 2021 and again in 2022 in support of academic centers and national labs focused on AI work. Another recommendation calls for the expansion of the government’s AI-related microelectronics programs to promote the development of novel and resilient sources for producing, integrating, assembling and testing AI-enabling microelectronics, C4ISRNET reported.

The commission also wants the government to increase the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s funding for its microelectronics program to $500M, on top of establishing a $20M pilot microelectronics program focused on AI hardware.

According to Commission Vice Chairman Bob Work, a two-time Wash100 winner, the recommendations are aimed at helping the DoD run more like a software company since algorithmic warfare is expected to provide the greatest military competitive advantage in the future.

Category: Future Trends

Tags: AI R&D funding artificial intelligence Bob Work C4ISRNET DARPA Department of Defense Eric Schmidt funding initiative Future Trends Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Joint Artificial Intelligence Center National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence