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New head of Strategic Capabilities Office wants to focus on AI

Monday, September 24, 2018   (0 Comments)

By: Aaron Mehta  |  September 22, 2018  |  C4ISRNET

WASHINGTON — The Strategic Capabilities Office is under new management, and its new director intends to doubledown on the agency’s emphasis on artificial intelligence.

In his first interview since taking over the office, Chris Shank, the new SCO director, made it clear he sees artificial intelligence as a sweet spot for his office.

Roughly one third of SCO projects deal with autonomous systems, machine learning or AI in some way, Shank said, including long-range fires programs, cyber programs and some assorted with special forces.

Shank is the the group’s second leader, following Will Roper, the office’s founder who is now the Air Force’s top civilian acquisitions official. But don’t expect major changes in how the office works.

“My job is to keep momentum going,” Shank explained. “It’s a very high ops tempo group that [Roper was] able to recruit and attract into the office, in terms of working synergistic teams around that. What I am trying to do is take it from a startup organization to a long-term sustainable one.”  READ MORE...

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