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Artificial Intelligence in Defence: When AI Meets Defence Acquisition Processes and Behaviours

Trevor Taylor
RUSI Journal, 29 November 2019
Defence, Industries and Society, UK, Defence Management, Defence Policy, Technology
Government procurement programmes need to adapt if they are to successfully acquire AI-enabled systems.

There are multiple claims about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled systems to boost or even transform defence capabilities. Trevor Taylor explores how the effective acquisition of such systems presents major challenges to governmental defence to act as an intelligent customer and to review the balance of capability generation responsibilities between government and private sector bodies. He also shows that the first step is to recognise how AI procurement does not fit in easily with established procurement elements, including requirements specification, competitive modes of procurement, speed of decision-making and test and acceptance arrangements.

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Trevor Taylor
Professorial Research Fellow, Defence, Industries and Society

Trevor Taylor is Professorial Research Fellow in Defence Management at RUSI, where he heads up a research programme in Defence,... read more

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