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US Army Asks Industry to Comment on Artificial Intelligence Bills of Materials

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US Army Asks Industry to Comment on Artificial Intelligence Bills of Materials

The U.S. Army is seeking industry feedback on artificial intelligence bills of materials, which list the digital makeup and supply chain sources of third-party algorithms and applications.

Young Bang, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, explained that the service wants to avoid companies refusing to disclose certain ingredients in their offerings.

Speaking at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference, he clarified that AI BOMs are intended to strengthen cybersecurity rather than compromise companies’ intellectual property.

According to Bang, AI BOMs are part of broad efforts to secure supply chains for semiconductors, software, data and other key commodities, C4ISRNET reported.

He added that the Army wants to keep pace with China in terms of AI, and AI BOMs could help the service track potential risks created by using industry algorithms.

Bang raised the AI BOM idea at a technical meeting in May. During the event, he suggested that the measure could generate better insights into how an AI model functions.

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