Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN-3) agreed, warning, “The U.S. cannot afford to cede leadership in the technological arms race. If China surpasses us in a field like AI or quantum, it will have significant implications for U.S. national security, economic competitiveness, and way of life.”

Luke McCormack, former Department Homeland Security CIO, led an engaging discussion on AI Applications for Good, while former Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection,  David Aguilar explored how AI and Edge Computing on the Frontlines is transforming the border mission.   Dr. Reggie Brothers, CEO of NuWave Solutions and former Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security directed an intriguing discussion on Achieving Security Outcomes through AI

Speakers all agreed that the government is making progress in AI, but a more coordinated approach is needed, and that the government can learn from the more advanced capabilities and understanding of the private sector.  “With AI we need a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach that leverages public-private partnerships to our greatest advantage,” stated Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL-2).

“The success of AI applications in government depends a great deal on security, data governance, clean data sets and an understanding of data sources,” summarized Megan Mance, Executive Director of HSDF.  “Leveraging cloud and storage innovations will help deliver AI capabilities to the mission operators on the front line.”

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This event was hosted by the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) and the Homeland Security and Defense Forum (HSDF). CPPI is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit think tank whose mission is to assist government officials in addressing the challenging issues brought on by the rapid advancement of Technology. HSDF’s mission is to facilitate dialogue between the public and private sectors on homeland and national security issues.

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