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A Look at the Horizon of AI in Government

There is currently a race among nations and governments to become the global leader in artificial-intelligence (AI) technology, which can and will have meaningful consequences to national security—economic, financial and political. To win, the US must continually iterate and innovate beyond the minimally viable solution to develop more advanced technology.

AI makes it possible for simple but massively time-consuming tasks to be automated, allowing those resources to be reallocated where they are needed the mosthigher-priority tasks and projects. For the US Navy, AI will move the needle on many fronts such as conditioned-based maintenance, autonomous drones and logistics management.

Sustaining forward presence demands the ability to gain a complete operational view of data, being able to integrate that data across the enterprise and sharing securely at mission-critical speeds. When it comes to US forces accelerating innovation within the realm of AI and Machine Learning, time is of the essence.

Data and data analytics is no less than a “warfare enabler,” Admiral Bill Moran recently wrote in Defense One. The Admiral underscored the need for the Navy to “curate and rationalize the countless disparate databases and outdated technology, which leaves us unable to ‘see’ and make use of basic information.”

Before the Navy can advance its AI initiatives, they first must focus on integrating data from silos. AI is only as smart as the data you feed it. You’re risking a fragmented view of the operational command or degrading your competitive advantage.

Earlier this week, MarkLogic Public Sector CSO, Brigham Bechtel, sat down with AI Today Podcast to discuss how the US Navy is pursuing its mission to sustain a forward presence using AI and Machine Learning, as well as some of the challenges involved with such innovations.

On the podcast, he discussed:

  • The one thing holding government agencies from advancing their AI initiatives
  • The areas within the US government where AI is being utilized
  • What the future of AI holds for both the government and private sector

It was a dynamic conversation allowing Bechtel to pull from his 31 years in the intelligence community as a Cryptologic Technician and then a Cryptologic Officer in the US Navy and Naval Reserves before joining the CIA.


Learn More

  • Listen to Brigham Bechtel’s episode on AI Today Podcast.
  • Read the solution sheet to see how the MarkLogic Data Hub simplifies data integration for AI programs.
  • Find out how Earthcube is leveraging MarkLogic to support its AI.

Jerried Williams - Solutions Marketing Manager | MarkLogic

Jerried Williams is responsible for leveraging big-picture thinking and a hands-on approach to craft content and messaging that helps government agencies understand that integrating data across silos is a critical first step for projects and initiatives such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and mission talent alignment.

He is the author of Transmedia Branding: Engage Your Audience, USC Annenberg Press 2015, together with Burghardt Tenderich which discusses how Hollywood’s model of marketing fundamentally influenced the way that other industries attract new customers and build communities to retain them.

Jerried earned a Masters of Arts in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Elon University.

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