The twenty-first-century technological race includes many components; however, the technology of advanced-based artificial intelligence (AI) may be the most astonishing. The United States' adversaries, in particular China, are making a point to be the world's superpower in this technological advancement by 2030. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has a model of AI initiatives, data-centric technologies (such as advanced analytics) automation, deep learning, machine learning and human-machine teaming initiatives that other Department of Defense (DOD) components can emulate to reduce unnecessary repetitiveness and useless spending of national money and resources. This study explores the components of AI-based initiatives for successful establishment across the governmental apparatus to advance US national interests. Additionally, it compares the United States and China regarding AI, private sector innovation and ethical issues pertaining to AI; and lastly, 2018 NGA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) AI-based initiatives that will impact future decision-makers.