National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Holds Plenary Meeting


WASHINGTON, DC – The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) held its third plenary session yesterday in Cupertino, California.

The Commission examined the AI landscape, and focused on advancing its legislative mandate to “consider the methods and means necessary to advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.” Commissioners received classified briefings on counterintelligence threats and challenges to the United States as well as opportunities to advance U.S. leadership in artificial intelligence. Commissioner Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, said “the session advanced the Commission’s understanding of the nature and challenges facing the United States.”

The Commission also received an update from each of the working groups established to examine how the United States can maintain global leadership in artificial intelligence research and national security applications, how to prepare American citizens for an AI future, and how the United States can maintain its competitive advantage in artificial intelligence. Gilman Louie, Partner at Alsop Louie Partners, said “as we discuss how we are going to protect U.S. national security, we are also continuing discussions with our global partners on how to cooperate in artificial intelligence.”

The Commission has received more than 100 classified and unclassified briefings in the working groups and the in the three plenary sessions since it began its work in March. The commission is an independent federal entity, and its goal is to complement and strengthen ongoing efforts in the executive branch and Congress, while also making additional recommendations to integrate artificial intelligence into national security programs.