Artificial Intelligence - Conquering a Relative Disadvantage
Technical Report,01 Jun 2018,31 May 2019
US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States
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The US military is in a position it has not experienced since the end of the Cold War, one of having to play catch up with its peer adversaries. While the United States focused on counter-insurgency operations, its adversaries watched, learned, and developed capabilities which put the military in a position of relative disadvantage. Russia, in particular, demonstrated a reconnaissance-strike capability during the Russo-Ukraine war which the US military could not match. As the United States endeavors to close these gaps, the question becomes in what new technologies should it invest Artificial Intelligence is an emerging technology with limitless military applications. Where can the US military leverage this technology to re-establish overmatch against its peer competitors is the question this research paper seeks to answer. Human-AI teaming in the form of autonomous drones linked to strategic and operational level fires enabled by AI assisted deconfliction measures is one area the US military will close a demonstrated capability gap and regain overmatch without sacrificing acceptable risk levels.