Corin R. Stone is a scholar-in-residence and adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C.
Congress wants to pour hundreds of billions of dollars into the federal government to increase the nation's competitiveness in emerging technology; in particular, to accelerate development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that are vital to national security. Bipartisan support for the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), the bill that provides these funds, is a noteworthy and important step in ensuring the U.S. is resilient and competitive in the 21st century.
But without a visible, concerted effort to revisit current budget, acquisition, risk, and oversight frameworks—led by the director of National Intelligence (DNI) and intelligence community (IC) leadership—the IC will not be able to effectively identify, develop, and incorporate in real time the technological advances needed to keep its competitive edge, regardless of how much USICA money comes its way.
From The Cipher Brief
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