The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) was established by Congress more than three years ago to “consider the methods and means necessary to advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.” Over the past two and a half years, the NSCAI submitted to Congress an Initial and an Interim Report in July and November 2019, respectively, where it formalized its organizing structure, initial assessment, and preliminary recommendations to the Congress and the Administration. Following the 2019 Interim Report, the NSCAI submitted two quarterly reports, a second Interim Report, and a Final Report on March 1, 2021.
To date, more than 19 of the NSCAI’s recommendations were included in the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and more are being considered in current legislation — notably, in the FY2022 NDAA, Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA), U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), and other related non-defense S&T legislation. “We are pleased with the number of recommendations Congress included in the 2021 NDAA and are encouraged by the dozens of recommendations currently under discussion for the 2022 NDAA and in separate legislation,” said NSCAI Chair Dr. Eric Schmidt.
Additionally, the Departments of Defense, Commerce and State are in the process of adopting the Commission’s recommendations. “The departments and agencies with whom we worked over the past two and half years on the recommendations ensured that they were implementable and have started to integrate them. Though the NSCAI is sunsetting on October 1, 2021, we are hopeful that the departments, agencies, the Administration, industry and academia will continue this important conversation,” said NSCAI Vice Chair Robert O. Work.