RUSI’s work on AI focuses on how to secure a strategic advantage with the use and development of AI in times of heightened geopolitical tension. States are rapidly developing policies and strategies to ensure that they benefit from the opportunities that AI presents. We assess the effectiveness of current UK and international strategies to design, manage and use AI across defence and security.
The interconnected nature of global supply chains means that states will have to lean heavily on international alliances and partnerships to achieve their own national objectives. The outcome is the convergence of technology, geopolitics, public and private actors, expert communities and different technologies.
RUSI’s focus on AI looks at such convergences and the applications of AI across both the defence and civilian sectors. In defence, we look at target identification, AI integration in defence systems and insider threat detection. Meanwhile, across wider society, we explore the national security implications of AI for cyber, finance, climate and regional power dynamics. Securing an advantage from AI is only possible when states and decision-makers acknowledge that AI can be used maliciously and can have unintended consequences. As states develop AI to advance national security and prosperity agendas, it is important to understand the limits of AI and to explore how to mitigate related risks.
How can the UK secure advantage with disruptive strategic technologies, most notably AI, in an era of heightened geopolitical competition? We examine the opportunities and risks presented by these technologies for national security and prosperity and chart the inherent strategic advantages in the context of rapid technological change.
Director, Cyber Research
Emma De Angelis
Director, Special Projects
Research Analyst for Cyber, Technology and National Security
Director, Military Sciences
Dr Jack Watling
Senior Research Fellow, Land Warfare
Professor Justin Bronk
Senior Research Fellow, Airpower & Technology
Professorial Research Fellow
Defence, Industries and Society
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Oz Alashe MBE
Associate Fellow; CEO and Founder at CybSafe
Dr Casey Babb
Associate Fellow; Senior Analyst, Public Safety Canada
Associate Fellow - Expert in neurosymbolic artificial intelligence
Dr Keith Dear
Dr Nina Kollars
Senior Associate Fellow; Associate Professor in the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute (CIPI)
Dr Paddy Walker