The Defence AI Centre (DAIC) has been declared operational – boosting defence's ability to harness the "game-changing power" of artificial intelligence (AI).
The DAIC will act as a visionary hub, bringing together expertise and capability from a range of teams to support the development, implementation, and adoption of AI across defence.
It will have several primary key objectives – to Champion, Enable and Innovate.
– Champion the development and use of AI across defence.
– Enable local adoption of AI by providing common AI services, best practice, and expertise.
– Innovate by developing, delivering, and scaling AI projects that generate breakthroughs in strategic advantage.
Air Commodore David Rowland, the chief of the DAIC, said that their work cohering, guiding, and developing efforts in AI and AI-enabled autonomous capabilities will "play a fundamental role in defence modernisation".
He added: "(It) will continue our vital work delivering on the vision and ambitions set out in the Defence AI Strategy."
The DAIC team is led by a collaboration between three established organisations in the MOD: Defence Digital, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and Defence Equipment & Support's Future Capability Group.
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They will be working with the best minds to support the Armed Forces, including with partners across Government, international partners and allies, industry, and academia.
The recent signing of the Statement of Intent for Artificial Intelligence between the UK and US reinforces the intention to pursue beneficial partnerships; with both nations agreeing to collaborate on shaping global AI developments, promoting security, stability, and democratic values.
Exciting times for AI
The next step for the DAIC during these exciting times for AI in UK defence over the next year is to continue to grow.
They are to focus on expanding to support the implementation of the Defence AI Strategy, working closely with Front-Line Commands to ensure that, in terms of AI, the UK has the world's most effective, efficient, trusted, and influential defence organisation for the nation's size.
The announcement about the DAIC being operational follows the successful June launch of the Defence Artificial Intelligence Strategy by Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin.