The Pentagon announcement signals a shift in the role of an AI hub from a product developer to an AI readiness service provider for the US Department of Defense. The basic agreement will allow various departments within the ministry and federal partners to issue orders for data processing services in = to work with AI, which can include everything from collecting data to sorting it to store and model how employees will use it with AI.
Artificial Intelligence Data Readiness Ordering Agreement (DRAID) “will help the US Department of Defense and government agencies prepare data for use in artificial intelligence applications by providing easy access to the advanced commercial services needed to solve complex technical challenges,” says in a Pentagon statement
Among the areas that the Pentagon will tackle together with civil partners: data collection and curation, synthetic data generation and data anonymization, software development, modification and customization, and so on.
In addition, all AI data created under the agreement needs to be compliant with government standards so that it can interoperate with other cloud and AI development platforms at the Pentagon.
The Pentagon emphasizes that startups will also be involved in working with data, this approach will become more inclusive, both for companies working with the government and for the War Department itself.
“In developing DRAID, we made every effort to ensure that the best providers – whether they interact with the federal government for the first time or 101 times – can participate in fulfilling the Pentagon’s orders,” the request says.
We add that ethical principles of using AI will be spelled out separately in all these future collaborations. Which ones, the Pentagon does not specify.