The NSA and U.S. Cyber Command have finished their separate studies on how to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into their future operations.  The NSA has conducted a 60-day study to explore generative AI’s impact on its operations, aiming to expand AI utilization in various domains including cybersecurity. 

 

The National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command have concluded their individual studies examining the prospective applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in their operations. The announcement was made by Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, the leader of both organizations, at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C. Nakasone emphasized that AI is not a new concept for them, noting their long-standing familiarity with the technology. The summit, sponsored by Recorded Future, the parent company of The Record, served as a platform to discuss the advancements and the future of AI in national security.

 

Concerns have been escalating in the federal government regarding the potential for AI to exacerbate security issues in the U.S., reaching as high as the White House. In response to these concerns, leading AI companies pledged in July to prioritize safety and security in the development of AI technologies. This commitment comes as a voluntary agreement to ensure that the rapid development in AI technology does not compromise national security and individual safety.

 

Detailing the NSA’s recent endeavors, Nakasone revealed that the agency has completed a 60-day study exploring the implications of generative AI on its operations. The NSA already leverages AI technology in its signals intelligence mission and plans to extend its application to other areas including cybersecurity, and business functions such as accounting and compliance. The study aimed to map out the potential impact and the beneficial applications of AI in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the NSA’s operations in various domains.

 

In addition to the NSA’s initiatives, the U.S. Cyber Command is also mandated by Congress, through a recent defense policy bill, to devise a five-year strategy outlining the utilization of AI in cyberspace operations moving forward. While Nakasone confirmed the existence of a five-year plan, he did not disclose specific details. This plan is expected to steer the digital warfighting unit in leveraging AI technology to bolster cyberspace operations, marking a significant stride in the modernization of the U.S. defense apparatus.

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