On August 13, 2018, Section 1051 of the Fiscal Year 2019 John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 115-232) established the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence as an independent Commission "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."

The full text of Section 1051 of P.L. 115-232 can also be found here. In order to get the Commission's work underway quickly, the Department of Defense agreed to assist the Commission in certain administrative matters, such as human resources, office space, and contracting. The joint Memorandum of Agreement can be found here.

The Commission established an advisory committee on June 24, 2020. A copy of the charter as filed with Congress and the General Services Administration can be found here.

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