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New RD Publication: Will artificial intelligence challenge NATO interoperability?

  • 10 Dec. 2018
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  • Last updated: 10 Dec. 2018 10:24

NDC Policy Brief 6-18

"NATO has arguably been the most successful alliance of its kind, and much of this success can be attributed to its cohesion in the face of various threats. At the heart of this cohesion lie two important notions: burden sharing between members; and interoperability. The Alliance’s cohesion however has increasingly come under pressure over the last two decades, and there are growing challenges with the level of interoperability between member countries. While numerous technical and political factors influence interoperability, the emergence of disruptive technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, additive manufacturing and robotics, are likely to make this challenge more acute in the next two decades."

"Of the many technologies rapidly emerging, none is likely to have as significant an impact as that of artificial intelligence, which combines with other technologies and multiply their effect by allowing the development of advanced autonomous systems. And while the latter holds the promise of developing new classes of weapons with great military potential, its asymmetrical adoption among the various NATO allies could also lead to significant interoperability problems."

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