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CYBERCOM Seeks Troops Who Can Unleash Artificial Intelligence

CYBERCOM Seeks Troops Who Can Unleash Artificial Intelligence

The Defense Department’s cyber warriors shouldn’t be too concerned about artificial intelligence taking their jobs, according to their commander. Instead, U.S. Cyber Command is looking for troops able to wield AI like a weapon.

During a budget hearing Wednesday held by the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Md., asked the Pentagon’s cyber leadership whether AI could help reduce the demand for cyber talent.

“AI and machine learning certainly has a place as we look at some of the activities that we are doing day in and day out,” CYBERCOM Commander Gen. Paul Nakasone told the subcommittee. “But I would offer, the people that make AI go, the people who make sure that our algorithms are right for machine learning, they’re the folks that I’m most focused on.”

Nakasone referred to what he called the “10x or 20x folks” that can utilize these advanced systems as a multiplier for the work being done by the command’s 133 Cyber Mission Force teams, which includes “amplify[ing] military lethality and effectiveness,” according to the Pentagon’s Defend Forward strategy released in September.

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