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Mission-Oriented Research for AI and Big Data for Military Decision Making

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IST-173 (AI2S)


Information Systems Technology

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Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Decision Making, BigData, Decision Making, Innovation Approach, MissionOriented Research


The NATO IST-160 "AI and Big Data for Military Decision Making (MDM)" specialist meeting in Bordeaux was a testimony to the enormous interest, researchers and innovators currently have to make Artificial Intelligence work for the military. And the mere fact that this meeting was organized, as issued by STB, underpins the urgency felt at higher political levels of NATO that this is something (panels, in close collaboration with CSO) want to do. At the same time this is thus an opportunity to establish novel ways of organizing NATO Research and Innovation activities.


- enhance cyber-security, - improve industrial processes, - support the development of new types of services.


Making ‘AI and Big Data for Military Decision Making’ work for NATO and national members, requires involvement of many fields of scientific expertise. For instance from a technical OODA-loop perspective expertise is required that covers sensing, understanding, and plan generation and selection. All these things together ought to be integrated in an operational system with human decision makers that need to trust and accept such a system. Panels that can contribute are therefore: /!\ Still to be formulated by Panels... /!\ • Sensors and Electronics Technology (SET), e.g. , … (sensing technologies, …), • Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT), e.g., … (ai in autonomous systems, …), • Information Systems Technology (IST), e.g., … (communications frameworks, …), • Human Factors and Medicine Panel (HFM), e.g., … (human-system interfaces, … ), • Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI), e.g., … (system integration, …), • NATO Modelling and Simulation Group (NMSG), e.g., … (environment modelling, …), • System Analysis & Studies (SAS), e.g., … (operational concepts, …)

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