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US and UK AI research labs collaborate on military support technology


A new collaboration between the United States and the United Kingdom has integrated artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to support combat forces.

For the first time, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) worked with the UK’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to develop, select, train and deploy cutting-edge ML algorithms to support armies.

The research provides large-scale situational awareness technology and aims to improve decision making, increase operational tempo, reduce risk to life and reduce the burden on the workforce.

The four-year partnership agreement includes goals to accelerate the joint UK-US development and sharing of AI technology and capabilities.

Dstl said it also covered “basic research in the verification and validation of tests,” as well as research and development of AI algorithms and combined experiments “to advance joint command and control capabilities. controls all areas of the two nations “.

Commenting on the new collaboration, Dr. Robert W Sadowski, US Army DEVCOM, said, “We are committed to putting robotics and autonomous systems in the hands of combatants.

“Advances in robotics and autonomy will make our formations more capable and mission-ready while providing protection to our fighters through an unprecedented stalemate while allowing increased lethality on the battlefield.”

The AAIC Partnership Agreement effort is led by the US Department of Air Force (with AFRL as the lead agency for the US Air Force) in partnership with OUSDR & E, the US Navy and Army, and the Kingdom’s Dstl -United.

A virtual demonstration, co-hosted by AFRL’s Information Directorate in Rome, New York, and at the Dstl site near Salisbury on October 18, highlighted the integrated AI technologies and showcased the capability to share data and algorithms via a common development and deployment platform. .

Dr Lee M Seversky, AFRL Head of US Project Demonstration and Agreement, said: “The event on October 18 demonstrated how the UK and US can integrate AI technology. to create the world’s first end-to-end machine learning research, development and deployment. ecosystem, enabling rapid data sharing, development, evaluation and deployment of algorithms.

“AI will play a critical role in accelerating decision-making to meet the pace and scale of the future battlespace.”


The aim of the simulated scenario was how the two nations can “cooperate and share AI capabilities” to support “close quarters” combat, Dstl said.

The technology can enable data sharing, AI algorithms and capabilities tightly during mission execution where the two countries are operating in adjacent areas.

Demonstrations brought together key technologies from both countries. UK model maps can present a commander with the ability to quickly understand, explore and select the appropriate ML models to deploy in missions.

The US StreamlinedML is an extensible, government-owned open platform for quickly building ML workflows, training and evaluating ML models, and deploying them regardless of the source or usage of the ML software stack – by leveraging of “best ML technology spanning business, academia and government applications.”

Dstl said the demonstration is the first in a series of joint technical and operational experiments planned under the four-year partnership agreement.

Todd Robinson, who is leading the UK element of Dstl in the project, added: “This collaboration with AFRL and US services is crucial in bringing the very latest AI technology into military operations and innovative research into military operations. two countries.

“The demonstration is only the first step towards our ambition to deploy a new AI capable of learning in the field in an experimental test environment, something that has never been done before and that is only possible thanks to this collaboration. “

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