In episode 78 of the Aerospace Advantage, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Airpower: Closer than You Think, host John “Slick” Baum speaks with a seasoned remotely piloted aircraft operator—Brigadier General Houston Cantwell, who commands the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force—and an engineer who specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions, Dr. Anastacia “Stacie” MacAllister of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to explore how AI can revolutionize airpower. Secretary of the Air Force Kendall has made it clear that AI and developing manned and unmanned teams is a top priority for the USAF if we are to fight and win in a conflict with our peer competitors. To realize this vision, it will take engineers and warfighters working side-by-side to deliver operationally relevant AI into UAVs. But they will need to strike a balance. We need to move fast enough to stay ahead of the adversary, but not so fast that there is no time to put the right constraints in place to prevent AI from spinning out of control. Today, we begin the conversation on how to strike this balance and get the most out of AI to revolutionize the future of airpower.
Host: Lt Col (Ret.) John “Slick” Baum, Senior Fellow, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
Producer: Daniel C. Rice
Executive Producer: Douglas Birkey
Guest: Dr. Caitlin Lee, Senior Fellow for UAV and Autonomy Studies (MI-UAS), The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
Guest: Brig Gen Houston Cantwell, Commander of the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force, USAF
Guest: Dr. Anastacia MacAllister, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Solutions Architect, General Atomics Aeronautical System