Secretary of Defense Remarks for DOD Artificial Intelligence Symposium and Exposition > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Speech

Hello, I’m Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and it’s a privilege to join you today as part of the Defense Department’s AI Symposium. I want to thank Nand Mulchandani and his team at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC, for organizing this important event…AND for bringing together the best and brightest minds in the Department who are working to accelerate the adoption of critical emerging technologies.

Today, I’d like to speak to you about why the United States must continue to lead the way in the responsible and ethical development of artificial intelligence – and more specifically, why the Department of Defense must remain at the forefront of the military application of this game-changing technology.

History informs us that those who are first to harness once-in-a-generation technologies often have a decisive advantage on the battlefield for years to come. I experienced this firsthand during Operation Desert Storm, when the

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