Bob Work quoted in Department of Defense article, “Artificial Intelligence Key to Maintaining Military, Economic Advantages, Say Leaders”

"Officials today discussed the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's recent report and the progress for the adoption and implementation of AI across the Defense Department. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael S. Groen, director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, and Robert O. Work, vice chair of the NSCAI, spoke to reporters at the Pentagon…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-04-09T00:00:31-04:00April 9, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bob Work writes in War on the Rocks: “Storm Clouds Ahead: Musings About the 2022 Defense Budget”

"It’s that time of year when the president’s annual budget is due to Congress, and with it, the annual update to the Pentagon’s future years defense program. The program is a projection of the forces, resources, and capabilities needed to support Department of Defense operations over a five-year period. The future years defense program covers the current 'year of execution' and the next four years. These five-year plans are typically delivered to Congress with the defense resources for the two previous [...]

2021-03-30T00:00:04-04:00March 30, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bob Work quoted in The Nation article, “National Security AI Commission Recommends Ramping up a Military Tech Race With China”

"Concern over China’s rise is already widespread among members of both parties, as is a sense that the United States is not doing enough to compete with China in the technological realm. And while some might question the need for more ships and planes to confront the Chinese, few debate the need for increased investment in advanced technologies. 'We believe we have powerful bipartisan consensus to win the technology competition with our strategic competitors,' said commission vice-chair Robert Work, a former [...]

2021-03-25T00:00:59-04:00March 25, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bob Work quoted in National Defense article, “Taiwan Viewed as Achilles’ Heel of U.S. Microelectronics Supply Chain”

"A potential Chinese takeover of neighboring Taiwan would pose a catastrophic threat to the United States supply of microelectronics, and Washington needs to take steps to reduce that vulnerability, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work warned March 24…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-03-24T00:00:45-04:00March 24, 2021|Economy & Trade|

Bob Work writes with James A. Winnefeld, Jr. and Stephanie O’Sullivan in War on the Rocks: “Steering in the Right Direction in the Military-Technical Revolution”

"A couple of years ago at the Beijing Xiangshan Forum, a senior executive at one of China’s largest defense companies claimed that 'mechanized equipment is just like the hand of the human body.' He continued, 'In future intelligent wars, AI systems will be just like the brain of the human body.' More recently, the People’s Liberation Army sought broad participation from young technology-savvy inventors in an AI challenge-style competition to develop the best algorithms to direct joint military forces in a [...]

2021-03-24T00:00:05-04:00March 24, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bob Work quoted in National Defense Magazine article, “Commission: AI Dominance Requires Bold Action”

"The Defense Department and intelligence community must be AI-ready by 2025 to avoid falling behind, the [National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence] commissioners said. Reaching that goal will require the government to create a Technology Competitiveness Council akin to the National Security Council, said former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work. "'The U.S. has no mechanism to organize for a tech competition,' he said. The National Security Council was created at the beginning of the Cold War to manage a long-term competition [...]

2021-03-16T00:00:39-04:00March 16, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bob Work quoted in The Washington Post article, “The Cybersecurity 202: Democrats’ New Infrastructure Bill Highlights Cybersecurity Concerns”

"Today's [Congressional] hearing comes nearly two weeks after the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence released a report saying the U.S. government is unprepared for the battle over AI technology with China. "'This will be expensive and requires significant change in mind-set at the national, and agency, and Cabinet levels,' the [National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence]’s vice chair, Robert Work, said as the report was released. 'America needs White House leadership, Cabinet member action, and bipartisan congressional support to win the [...]

2021-03-12T07:26:18-05:00March 12, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bob Work quoted in Federal News Network article, “AI Commission Sees ‘Extraordinary’ Support to Stand up Tech-Focused Service Academy”

"Artificial intelligence tools will soon become the 'weapons of first resort,' and will accelerate the damage caused by cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns, former Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Monday. "To stay top of this emerging threat, Work, speaking as the vice-chairman of the National Security Commission on AI, is calling on the federal government to add senior AI advisors to the top ranks of the White House, Defense Department and intelligence community..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-03-02T07:38:50-05:00March 2, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bob Work quoted in U.S. Naval Institute News article, “Panel: Future Fleet Numbers Not as Important as Capabilities Like Sealift, Unmanned”

"The Navy League hosted a panel discussion last week centered around its newest Maritime Policy Statement, produced every other year to outline the Navy League’s legislative agenda. Keynote speaker Bob Work, a former deputy secretary of defense and undersecretary of the Navy, praised the report for concentrating on policy instead of the nitty gritty details of ship counts, which he called a 'numbers game.' "Work, who is also the chairman of the board of the U.S. Naval Institute, said a fleet [...]

2021-03-01T15:03:46-05:00March 1, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Robert Work quoted in Reuters article, “U.S. Commission Cites ‘Moral Imperative’ to Explore AI Weapons”

"The United States should not agree to ban the use or development of autonomous weapons powered by artificial intelligence (AI) software, a government-appointed panel said in a draft report for Congress. "The panel, led by former Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, on Tuesday concluded two days of public discussion about how the world’s biggest military power should consider AI for national security and technological advancement. "Its Vice Chairman Robert Work, a former deputy secretary of defense, said autonomous weapons are expected [...]

2021-03-29T00:52:16-04:00January 26, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|
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