December 5, 2022

AI is helping US Air Force to decide which targets to strike

AI is helping US Air Force to decide which targets to strike
AI is helping US Air Force to decide which targets to strikeAI is helping US Air Force to decide which targets to strike
Military drone

A US MQ-9 Reaper military drone

U.S. Department of Defense Archive/Alamy

The US military has started using AI to guide its air strikes, according to Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall.

Speaking at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on 20 September, Kendall said that the US Air Force (USAF) had recently “deployed AI algorithms for the first time to a live operational kill chain”. He didn’t give details of the strike, such as whether it was by a drone or piloted aircraft, or if there were civilian casualties. …