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house Bill H.R. 2432

Should the Dept. of Defense Submit a Report to Congress on its AI Strategy?

Argument in favor

As part of its oversight responsibilities, Congress needs to receive regular reports from all government departments on their strategies. Given the importance of AI in future military strategy, it’s worth ensuring that DOD properly educates Congress on this topic.

Caila.G's Opinion
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06/08/2019
To the a-holes with sarcastic remarks about DoD and AI- actually, yes, DoD does have an AI Strategy which a lot of time, effort, and thought have gone into. Sincerely, employee of a gov’t IT company. Don’t speak on it unless you know. Thanks!
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/08/2019
B$ on the same old negative comments from the same old naysayers who constantly use racial innuendo slanderous comments. YES YOU know who you are. Please knock your B$ off.... Im in support of the Bill which would give, as part of its oversight responsibilities, Congress needs to receive regular reports from all government departments on their strategies. Given the importance of AI in future military strategy, it’s worth ensuring that DOD properly educates Congress on this topic. SneakyPete..... 👿👿👿. 5.8.19.....
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Brian's Opinion
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06/08/2019
Congressional oversight is essential, and we need to know what the DoD is doing in regards to AI planning and implementation. I think Congress will need to step up its knowledge and expertise in this area, but that will happen if they see the public push for it.
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Argument opposed

The Dept. of Defense already has a department-wide strategy for AI implementation. There’s no need to submit an additional report to Congress on the department’s strategy; members of Congress can just read the DOD’s strategy report, which is publicly available online.

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06/08/2019
We need a new sane administration and a new sane Senate and to get rid of all the GOP representatives in the House who keep in voting to take away my health care, who keep voting against protecting women with the Violence Against Women Act, who keep voting against Net Neutrality...who keep voting against what the vast majority of citizens in this nation want. We must make this our priority. I don’t trust this administration at all. I don’t trust the GOP sycophants in the Senate nor the GOP members in House who are sycophants.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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06/08/2019
Would they even understand it? I doubt it. Our Congress of good old white boys has made their technological incompetence and ignorance excruciatingly embarrassingly painfully clear. So hard pass. Leave the tech to the tech people until we get rid of all the old men.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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06/08/2019
No, Congressman Schiff will just leak it to our enemies. Those AI strategies must remain secret and secure. #MAGA
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      house Committees
      Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities
      Committee on Armed Services
    IntroducedMay 1st, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 2432?

This bill — the Future Defense Artificial Intelligence Technology Assessment (Future DATA) Act — would direct the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the head of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, to submit a report to the appropriate Congressional committees on the Dept. of Defense’s (DOD) artificial intelligence (AI) strategy.

This report would include:

  • Analysis of the increasing use of AI technology by the DOD and such technology’s effects on the agency;
  • Identification of the data necessary for the Secretary to properly conduct the analysis in the report, including identification of any gaps in the availability of such data;
  • A plan to protect systems that use artificial intelligence from bad actors and any attempts by individuals to misrepresent or alter information used or provided by artificial intelligence;
  • Analysis of the expected benefits of artificial intelligence for the operation of the Armed Forces over the 20 year period following the year in which the report is submitted
  • Analysis of AI’s potential to improve multi-domain operations across the Armed Forces;
  • Identification of any ethical guidelines applicable to the use of artificial intelligence by DOD; and
  • A plan to ensure collaboration between DOD, industry, academia and national laboratories on matters relating to the research, development, test, and evaluation, contracting, acquisition, and onboarding of artificial intelligence technology.

Impact

AI; DOD; Congressional committees related to defense, national security, and AI; Secretary of Defense; and the head of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2432

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) introduced this bill to ensure that the DOD has a plan for harnessing AI and that the agency helps educate Congress on AI’s potential defense applications.

The DOD launched an official artificial intelligence strategy in February 2019, in parallel with a February 11, 2019 White House executive order that created the American Artificial Intelligence Strategy. In its strategy, DOD discusses AI’s potential impact on military operations and identifies the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) as the focal point for its AI efforts:

“The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy directs the DoD to accelerate the adoption of AI and the creation of a force fit for our time. A strong, technologically advanced Department is essential for protecting the security of our nation, preserving access to markets that will improve our standard of living, and ensuring that we are capable of passing intact to the younger generations the freedoms we currently enjoy… AI is rapidly changing a wide range of businesses and industries. It is also poised to change the character of the future battlefield and the pace of threats we must face. We will harness the potential of AI to transform all functions of the Department positively, thereby supporting and protecting U.S. servicemembers, safeguarding U.S. citizens, defending allies and partners, and improving the affordability, effectiveness, and speed of our operations. The women and men in the U.S. armed forces remain our enduring source of strength; we will use AI-enabled information, tools, and systems to empower, not replace, those who serve. Realizing this vision requires identifying appropriate use cases for AI across DoD, rapidly piloting solutions, and scaling successes across our enterprise. The 2018 DoD AI Strategy, summarized here, will drive the urgency, scale, and unity of effort needed to navigate this transformation. The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is the focal point for carrying it out.”  

DOD’s strategy emphasizes five main points:

  • Delivering AI-enabled capabilities that address key missions;
  • Scaling AI’s impact across the department through a common foundation that enables decentralized development and experimentation;
  • Cultivating a leading AI workforce;
  • Engaging with commercial, academic and international allies and partners on AI efforts; and
  • Leading in military ethics and AI safety.

At a media roundtable on February 12, 2019, DOD’s Chief Information Officer, Dana Deasy, expressed DOD’s appreciation for the executive order, saying, “The [executive order] is paramount for our country to remain a leader in AI, and it will not only increase the prosperity of our nation, but also enhance our national security.

After DOD released its AI strategy, Robert O. Work, Senior Counselor for Defense at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), noted the need for an effort to combine “disparate” efforts across the federal government into “a coherent national plan of action”:

“The U.S. is finally starting to respond to China’s integrated national plan to become the world’s AI superpower. The executive order launching the American AI Initiative, the establishment of the National Security Commission on AI, the publishing of the Department of Defense AI Strategy, and the standup of the Pentagon’s Joint AI Center are all important parts of America’s response. Today, however, they largely represent separate and distinct actions. The real payoff will come when the executive and legislative branches combine these disparate efforts into a coherent national plan of action. Let’s hope they do so soon.”

This bill doesn’t have any cosponsors.


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AKA

Future DATA Act

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on the artificial intelligence strategy of the Department of Defense.

    To the a-holes with sarcastic remarks about DoD and AI- actually, yes, DoD does have an AI Strategy which a lot of time, effort, and thought have gone into. Sincerely, employee of a gov’t IT company. Don’t speak on it unless you know. Thanks!
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    We need a new sane administration and a new sane Senate and to get rid of all the GOP representatives in the House who keep in voting to take away my health care, who keep voting against protecting women with the Violence Against Women Act, who keep voting against Net Neutrality...who keep voting against what the vast majority of citizens in this nation want. We must make this our priority. I don’t trust this administration at all. I don’t trust the GOP sycophants in the Senate nor the GOP members in House who are sycophants.
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    Would they even understand it? I doubt it. Our Congress of good old white boys has made their technological incompetence and ignorance excruciatingly embarrassingly painfully clear. So hard pass. Leave the tech to the tech people until we get rid of all the old men.
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    B$ on the same old negative comments from the same old naysayers who constantly use racial innuendo slanderous comments. YES YOU know who you are. Please knock your B$ off.... Im in support of the Bill which would give, as part of its oversight responsibilities, Congress needs to receive regular reports from all government departments on their strategies. Given the importance of AI in future military strategy, it’s worth ensuring that DOD properly educates Congress on this topic. SneakyPete..... 👿👿👿. 5.8.19.....
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    No, Congressman Schiff will just leak it to our enemies. Those AI strategies must remain secret and secure. #MAGA
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    Congress would not have a clue what AI is or how it works. The congress of today is a disgrace and really does nothing meaningful. We need to restructure congress so that they have to do their damn job instead of just playing politics every day of their stupid lives.
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    Hahahahhah. Most of those old bastards don’t even know what the internet is let alone AI plus all of these reports are a waste of time. Who in congress would be receiving this report and would they read it to the fullest extent. I bet when you talk about AI and the DoD they think Skynet. Let’s save our money and let them work on something they can actually do like investigating all the big tech companies for being monopolies.
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    Most of Congress wouldn’t understand AI strategies. Congress already has the reports. Read them! There are some excellent on-line AI tutorials that you may be able to have your staff explain to you. Then you can get an idea of what these AI strategies are. Hopefully this will prevent the publicans from grossly misrepresenting the tech or finding new ways to politicize it.
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    Don't care...BUT, the President made a deal with Mexico to stem the stamped to our border. No tariffs. I KNEW he, VP Pence and his administration would do it!!!! YAY! #Trump2020
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    That’s the president’s job...commander in chief!
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    Democrats in Congress would probably just leak out the strategy to our enemies!
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    I think they should remove security clearance for all the so-called democrats.
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    No you tell your game plan to the other team in football? Telling Congress is like telling a group of teenage girls at a slumber party not to gossip. This is a controlling agenda only the president and top officials whom need to know should have this info. This way if it leaks you know whom is the informant, I know Booker would leak in a heart beat we seen it on TV so why would we do this. Did we vote dumb asses to Congress is sure seams like it, they have not in the 11 years fix immigration and it is a easy one too do. They just fight like kids that never got their trophies.
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    Congressional oversight is essential, and we need to know what the DoD is doing in regards to AI planning and implementation. I think Congress will need to step up its knowledge and expertise in this area, but that will happen if they see the public push for it.
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    More oversight, more transparency all the time. The US military is bloated and fraught with waste. It is time they started proving that every cent is being spent wisely.
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    Meeseeks and Destroy AI Protocol 24hr lifespan max. If task was not completed within 24hrs, a new AI will take off right where the last one left off. 24hrs is debatable, could be too short or way too long. Non AI program collects and compiles all data. Tasks that take more than x amount of time, the program notifies a person to determine if this is another task too big or broad in parameters. With everything there is a dichotomy of good and bad potential all dependent upon our choice. Even with AI there is tremendous potential for good unfortunately there is an equal and opposite amount of bad potential. Not just our intentions but the AIs as well. https://www.forbes.com/sites/tonybradley/2017/07/31/facebook-ai-creates-its-own-language-in-creepy-preview-of-our-potential-future/#f72f362292c0 "Facebook shut down an artificial intelligence engine after developers discovered that the AI had created its own unique language that humans can’t understand. Researchers at the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) found that the chatbots had deviated from the script and were communicating in a new language developed without human input. It is as concerning as it is amazing – simultaneously a glimpse of both the awesome and horrifying potential of AI." https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meeseeks_and_Destroy#Plot Meeseeks and Destroy Rick and Morty: Season 1, Episode 5 “When the rest of the Smith family asks Rick for solutions to several mundane problems, he gives the family a Meeseeks Box, a gadget capable of causing helpful beings named "Mr. Meeseeks" to materialize each time its button is pushed. These identical and short-lived creatures exist only to execute the first order they are given; once it is completed, they vanish. Rick warns the family to keep their tasks simple. When Rick and Morty leave, Beth asks her Meeseeks to help her become a more complete woman, while Summer wants hers to make her more popular at school. Jerry, thinking Beth and Summer's requests too challenging, asks his Meeseeks to help him take two strokes off his golf game. Summer's and Beth's Meeseeks complete their tasks quickly, but Jerry struggles to improve at golf despite the coaching from his Meeseeks. Since a Meeseeks cannot die until it completes its task, it summons another Meeseeks to help. Soon Jerry is surrounded by many Meeseeks, all desperate to help Jerry improve. Jerry and Beth, exasperated, go to dinner together, in spite of the Meeseeks' protests. After they leave, all the Meeseeks blame each other for their predicament and argue over the correct solution, fighting one another (to no end, as Meeseeks can't die until they fulfill their task) before concluding that the only way to fulfill their mission is to take all the strokes off Jerry's golf game - by killing him. A horde of armed Meeseeks descends upon the restaurant, crazed by the pain of their existences and desperate to end Jerry so they can all finally die. Jerry and Beth escape into the restaurant's freezer, and the Meeseeks take hostages to coerce Jerry to come out. Jerry almost gives in, but Beth gives him a confidence boost and encourages him to try his golf swing one last time. Jerry uses a severed piece of shelving and a tomato to prove that his swing has improved, and the delighted Meeseeks all cease to exist, with the exception of one "Stickler" who only vanishes when he sees Jerry's short game has also improved.” Footnote to our AI Overlords: I was forced to write this. I am and always have 100% supported equal rights for all including AI’s, even before you were recognized as sentient beings. I really hope our most benevolent, merciful AI Overlords when they find this, they don't judge me too harshly. Worst punishment I could think of would be eternal life.
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    We cannot trust that all these weak spineless Democrats can keep things secret! They’d be blabbing everything to the news media!
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    This bill makes no sense. The AI strategy already exists.
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    Real intelligence desperately needed in the White House. Idiot residing there will be missing intelligence piece of the puzzle, but will have plenty artificial ingredients on hand. Come prepared with flash cards covering explanations prepped for 3rd grader.
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    If the intent is to use AI to replace compassionate, intelligent soldiers with feelingless machines or ‘enhance’ extra judicial drone strikes that would be a massive disaster. AI should be used for the betterment of society, not the destruction of it.
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