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Task Force recommends AI in national security

Defence sector to use AI/ML


Defence sector to use AI/ML

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressing the gathering at the inauguration of the Defence Industry Development Meet for Forging New Partnership with Industry for Defence Production in Chennai on 18 January 2018.


A Public and Private Sectors’ AI Task Force has made recommendations on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in India’s national security.

While it can fuel technology driven economic growth, it also has potential to provide military superiority, said a release from the Public Information Bureau.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has received the report on 30 June 2018.

India has the advantage to use AI in defence sector backed by its strong IT industry and huge talent pool of engineers.

The Task Force has recommended:
Studied the level of AI/ML (Machine Learning) development in India in general and specific in the context of defence needs;
Made recommendations of making India a significant power of AI in defence specifically in the area of aviation, naval, land systems, cyber, nuclear, and biological warfare;
Made recommendations for policy and institutional interventions that are required to regulate and encourage a robust AI based technologies for defence sector in the country;
Considering that most AI work is happening in private sector, made recommendations to work with start-ups/commercial industry in the field of use of AI for defence purposes.

As part of its deliberations, the Task Force deliberated with all stakeholder representatives, including officers from Army, Navy, Airforce, Coast Guard, representatives of all Defence PSUs, namely BEL, HAL, BEML, BDL, MIDHANI, MDL, GRSE, GSL and HSL and OFB.

Senior representatives from these organizations participated in the day long workshop to deliberate in-depth the various use-cases which are relevant from their respective needs. These discussions had led the Task Force to understand the potential military and civilian applications in AI domain.

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