The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is entering a new phase, JAIC 2.0, which includes a more aggressive push for adoption and proliferation of AI throughout the department.

JAIC’s new director Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael Groen said that while the center’s early efforts bore fruit, the overall effort was not transformational enough and a more aggressive approach is needed.

“We seek to push harder across the department to accelerate the adoption of AI across every aspect of our warfighting and business operations,” Groen said during a briefing today at the Pentagon. “While the JAIC will continue to develop AI solutions, we’re working in parallel to enable a broad range of customers across the department.”

Groen added that the JAIC must have a broader range of department participants getting involved with AI, and that this can happen with a renewed focus on the Joint Common Foundation — a cloud-enabled AI platform to accelerate the development, testing and fielding of new AI capabilities that is expected to reach initial operating capability in 2021.

“It’s a resource for all, but especially for disadvantaged users who don’t have the infrastructure and the tech expertise to do it themselves,” Groen said.

“We’re recrafting our engagement mechanism inside the JAIC to actively seek out problems and help make others successful. We will be more ‘problem pull’ than ‘product push’,” he added.

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