C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

NATO urged to rapidly absorb AI into its command and control

22 October 2017

NATO advisers and industry are urging the allies to rapidly absorb artificial intelligence software into their militaries’ observe, orient, decide, act (OODA) loop or risk seeing the latter collapse in the face of adversaries’ increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled attacks.

Moreover, the huge leaps in analytical power that future quantum physics-based computing are expected to deliver will pose grave threats to encrypted military data and applications unless quantum-proof cryptography is developed, they said.

“We are now reaching the limits of conventional cryptography and computing’s physics [on a silicon chip],” Sophie Houssiaux, head of big data and security research at French IT company ATOS, said in her remarks on 18 October to NIAS 2017, NATO’s annual information assurance conference in Mons, Belgium.

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