FY21 NDAA Advances, Including Provisions on AI: The Senate Armed Services Committee approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act on June 10, including several provisions on AI. It tasks the Secretary of Defense with prototyping five uses of AI to support personnel and management functions, requires an analysis of efforts by China and the United States to recruit and retain STEM talent and allocates $132 million to Joint AI Center operational systems development. The House Armed Services Subcommittees also approved their NDAA marks this week, including provisions that place responsibility for the Joint AI Center under the Deputy Secretary of Defense, create a JAIC Board of Directors and require the development of DOD-wide data-sharing standards. The full HASC debate is scheduled for July 1.
Semiconductor Industry Funding Bill Introduced: Sens. Cornyn, Warner, Risch, Rubio and Sinema introduced the bipartisan Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act. The bill includes $23 billion in funding for federal research, matching programs to incentivize building advanced chip factories, and developing secure microelectronic supply chains with allies. It also creates a 40 percent refundable tax credit to encourage building chip factories, establishes a National Institute for Standards and Technologies Semiconductor Program, and authorizes the DOD to establish and enhance domestic chip production capabilities. Rep. McCaul introduced a companion bill in the House.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
13th Five-Year Plan for Military-Civil Fusion:The 13th Five-Year Special Plan for S&T Military-Civil Fusion Development. This Ministry of Science and Technology plan outlines China’s priorities for “military-civil fusion” in the years 2016–2020. The plan aims to eliminate stovepipes between the Chinese military and the civilian innovation ecosystem. The Chinese term “military-civil fusion” refers to the mutually reinforcing two-way flow of technology and other resources between the military and civilian sectors.
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