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10 May 2023

SOCOM acquisition chief: AI will be ‘key to every single thing

Breaking Defense

The top acquisition official for US Special Operations Command doesn’t plan to open an independent program office to deal with artificial intelligence, only because he believes that in short order AI will be so ubiquitous that it will naturally be integrated into just about everything from operations to acquisitions.


“I think artificial intelligence is a tide that lifts all boats,” Jim Smith, acquisition executive for USSOCOM, said in his keynote address to SOF Week 2023 here in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday. There would be no program executive officer for AI “on his watch” because “you want it all out there” interwoven with other program offices.


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