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To Win the Next War, the Pentagon Needs Nerds


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A third of defense industry job advertisements analyzed by Emsi mentioned software development or data science skills.

Credit: Defense Acquisition University

When Russia invaded Ukraine, the U.S. Department of Defense turned to a team of machine learning and artificial intelligence experts to make sense of an avalanche of information about the conflict.

AI algorithms have been used to transcribe and interpret Russian radio chatter, and to identify Russian individuals in videos posted on social media, using facial recognition tech. 

Technology is fundamentally changing the nature of war, and the U.S. needs to adapt in order to maintain its edge, says Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks.

A 2019 report commissioned by the Defense Innovation Board warns that software and its development has become a crucial strategic issue for the U.S. military. The board also notes that the DOD cannot typically compete with the salaries tech companies offer software developers.

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