Vulnerabilities and challenges of integrating AI into future Air Force intelligence systems
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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DoD and Air Force leaders have identified Artificial Intelligence AI as a game changing technology that will help the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and ReconnaissanceISR enterprise overcome perennial challenges with speed and scale of intelligence analysis required for great power conflict. The Sensing Grid concept recently renamed Sensor Integration was introduced as a future framework to integrate AI and Cognitive Modeling tools for Air Force ISR, but there is little discussion about adversary threats and ethical considerations that should inform the design and functionality of the system. In order to prepare the human and organizational terrain within the Air Force to integrate a highly automated, AI-enabled intelligence analysis system, enterprise leaders must advocate for a human-centric design that takes lessons learned from historical human-machine teaming successes and failures. Leaders must also take a proactive approach to training the Air Force ISR workforce to team effectively with revolutionary but imperfect AI technology.