Canada finalizing new artificial intelligence strategy for defence: Minister

More logistics management than killer robots, and we’re already behind, analysts say.

December 5, 2023

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“The structures for procurement are built around bullets, tanks, hardware. They’re not built around cyber, software and rapid iteration cycles,” said Daniel Araya, a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation who studies AI governance, especially in international security.

Araya wrote a report for CIGI late last year on AI in the Canadian military, based on workshops involving the defence establishment; one of its conclusions was that the military procurement system is no longer fit for purpose.

Not that the old system has worked well for big equipment, either. “I don’t want to pooh-pooh the military too much …

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