Can we trust self-driving cars? Will AI strengthen our military or create unbridled new risks? The benefits of AI are real, but so are the challenges. MITRE is tackling issues that directly affect your future.

Artificial Intelligence is undeniably valuable. AI catches countless fraud attempts. It empowers unmanned machines to support people in dull, dirty, and dangerous situations. And it enables the military, Intelligence Community, and our critical infrastructure to wade through vast amounts of data to make us safer.

Yet, while there’s a great deal of enthusiasm—and some hype—for its potential, there are valid concerns about its vulnerabilities. AI can be fragile. Stickers can cause autonomous cars to misread signs, face recognition systems can make mistakes about race, and more. In many ways, AI is at the same stage the internet was in the mid-1990s: essential, but full of barely understood risks. Then, security was an afterthought, rather than a core design component—and we paid the price for decades.

medical staff wearing masksWhile industry generates most AI technological advances, the U.S. government has a vital role in acquiring, regulating, and applying them. And it must constantly balance the desire for deterring our adversaries and safeguarding our nation through advancements in health and transportation with the caution of not relying upon flawed or unsafe technology.

MITRE works with the national security sector, public sector, and other mission partners to identify innovative and practical AI-enabled solutions and protective measures. We bring world-class technical expertise in emerging AI research and engineering and a multidisciplinary approach. And we accelerate fielding solutions, like applying our deep experience with cyber threat-based defense to AI red teaming and finding and tracking mobile targets in contested environments.

So…how do we reap the rewards of AI, while protecting ourselves from the risks?
MITRE is helping our nation achieve the balance.


Greatest skills needs in the next 2-5 years according to surveyed executives
AI Researchers: 30%, Software developers: 28%, Data scientists: 24% , User experience designers: 23%, Change management experts: 22%. Source: Deloitte: AI in the Enterprise, 2nd Edition (2018)

The Honorable Bob Work, MITRE senior visiting fellow, on machine learning, AI, and national security: Unmanned machines should be used in dull, dirty, and dangerous situations.

We live in a time where all the conditions for a new military technical revolution are here, including AI and automation, quantum computing, and synthetic biology.

Robert O. Work
MITRE Senior Visiting Fellow, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense
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