The United States Air Force (DAF) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) collaborated and created an artificial intelligence project called the Department of the Air Force-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Accelerator (DAF-MIT AI Accelerator). It is a training program that uses artificial intelligence. The project used expertise at MIT and DAF to research the potential of applying AI algorithms to advance DAF and US security.
The DAF-MIT AI Accelerator commissioned its lead AI pilot last month. “In this pilot, you will gain a practical grounding in AI and its business applications, helping you transform your organizations into the workplaces of the future,” said Major John Radovan, deputy director of the AIA. The DAF-MIT AI Accelerator team selected a pilot out of 1400 applicants. In total, 200 participants were selected to create a diverse group across the Air Force and other US government organizations. The current pilot is geared toward senior leaders.
“The courses will provide a roadmap for the strategic implementation of AI technologies in a leadership context. “We hope that you’ll be able to harness key AI management and leadership insights to support informed, strategic decision-making,” said Radovan. The project is a step forward in incorporating artificial intelligence into the military, not to necessarily fight, but to enhance human intelligence with AI.
The AIA education team has confronted the challenge of educating the entire DAF workforce on AI and its usage. Previously, AI education occurred in conventional educational settings, but the team made changes to that setup, and now the team is teaching AI to personnel of various ranks.
“The team is investigating the process of teaching AI and machine learning capabilities to Airmen and Guardians of various rank and responsibility levels, from senior leaders to developers and acquirers, and to operators who directly use AI-enabled capabilities,” the DAF-MIT AI Accelerator research team stated.