Artificial Intelligence Task Force Submits Final Report to Ministry of Defence, India

Artificial Intelligence Task Force Submits Final Report to Ministry of Defence, India

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force handed over its Final Report to Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) Smt Nirmala Sitharaman for the Government to accept it and to implement its recommendations. 

Chairman of Tata companies Shri N. Chandrasekaran chaired the AI task force. It was constituted in February 2018. Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) is the main promoter and patron of the AI Task Force of the Ministry of Defence.

The AI task force studied issues surrounding strategic implications of AI on national security. It consists of members from the Government, Services, Academia, Industry Professionals and Start-ups. It was 

Press Information Bureau (PIB) released an official statement and said, "Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to have a transformative impact on national security. It is also seen that AI is essentially a dual-use technology. While it can fuel technology-driven economic growth, it also has potential to provide military superiority. India has strong IT industry and huge talent pool of engineers which are advantages which need to be leveraged. Ministry of Defence has already initiated the process of preparing Indian defence forces in their use of AI and how these capabilities can be increasingly developed within the country."

The AI Task Force in its report has studied the level of Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML ) development in India in general and specific in the context of defence needs. It has given its recommendations on making India a significant power of AI in defence specifically in the area of aviation, naval, land systems, cyber, nuclear, and biological warfare;

The recommendations also include policy and institutional interventions required to regulate and encourage robust AI-based technology for defence sector in the country. The most of the AI work is happening in private sector, and hence it also made suggestions to work with start-ups/commercial industry in the field of use of AI for defence purposes.

The Task Force had an intensive deliberation with stakeholders from different institutions and company representatives. Stakeholders include officers from Army, Navy, Airforce, Coast Guard, representatives of all Defence PSUs, namely BEL, HAL, BEML, BDL, MIDHANI, MDL, GRSE, GSL and HSL and OFB. It was a day-long in-depth discussion on the various use-cases which are relevant from their respective needs. These discussions had led the Task Force to understand the potential military and civilian applications in AI domain, the statement said.

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