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Space Force Officials Call for More AI Investment to Ensure US Leadership

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Space Force Officials Call for More AI Investment to Ensure US Leadership

U.S. Space Force officials are calling for greater investment in artificial intelligence and machine learning to ensure the United States remains a leader in space.

Speaking at the Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Security Forum on Wednesday, Space Forces-Space Commander Lt. Gen. Doug Schiess said that while some units have completed integrating the technology, AI could be used in other applications, including helping warfighters complete time-intensive operations faster and more efficiently. 

AI can also help the service improve its operational readiness, according to Brig. Gen. James Smith, assistant deputy chief of space operations for operations, cyber and nuclear. He said the emerging technology will provide significant help in equipping guardians with essential skills through training and assessing readiness through AI-powered tools, Federal News Network reported.

The officials’ statement comes after Gen. Chance Saltzman, chief of space operations, revealed that the military branch is channeling more resources into improving domain awareness capabilities amid growing space threats.

In March, Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton, deputy chief of space operations, strategy, plans, programs and requirements, revealed that the service remains committed to the Department of the Air Force’s three key areas: sharpening people, improving readiness and making smart investments in technology. 

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Tags: AI/ML adoption artificial intelligence Chance Saltzman Doug Shiess Federal News Network machine learning Mitchell Institute space Space Surveillance Network Spacepower Security Forum US Space Force