NATO Allies take further steps towards responsible use of AI, data, autonomy and digital transformation
On Thursday (13 October), NATO Defence Ministers agreed to establish a Review Board to govern the responsible development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data across the NATO Enterprise.
The Board’s first task will be to develop a user-friendly Responsible AI certification standard, including quality controls and risk mitigation, that will help align new AI and data projects with NATO’s Principles of Responsible Use approved in October 2021. The Board will also serve as a unique platform to exchange best practices, guide innovators and operational end-users throughout the development phase, thereby contributing to building trust within the innovation community. At present, NATO is piloting AI in areas as diverse as cyber defence, climate change and imagery analysis.
In response to the 2022 Strategic Concept’s call to expedite digital transformation, NATO Allies also approved NATO’s first Digital Transformation vision. By 2030, NATO’s Digital Transformation will enable the Alliance to conduct multi-domain operations, ensure interoperability across all domains, enhance situational awareness, and facilitate political consultation and data-driven decision-making.
NATO’s efforts in emerging and disruptive technologies, NATO’s AI Strategy and NATO’s data exploitation framework policy will contribute to bringing the vision to life. Additional steps were made with Defence Ministers’ endorsement of priority areas for applying advanced data analysis, including to enable multi-domain operations and enhance situational awareness, and the approval of NATO’s first autonomy implementation plan.
AI, data exploitation and autonomy are among the nine technological areas of priority to NATO. These also include: quantum-enabled technologies, biotechnology and human enhancements, hypersonic technologies, novel material and manufacturing, energy and propulsion, and space.