The DOD’s Hidden Artificial Intelligence Workforce

Leveraging AI Talent at the U.S. Department of Defense

Diana Gehlhaus

Ron Hodge

Luke Koslosky

Kayla Goode

Jonathan Rotner

September 2021

This policy brief, authored in collaboration with the MITRE Corporation, provides a new perspective on the U.S. Department of Defense’s struggle to recruit and retain artificial intelligence talent. The authors find that the DOD already has a cadre of AI and related experts, but that this talent remains hidden. Better leveraging this talent could go a long way in meeting the DOD’s AI objectives. The authors argue that this can be done through policies that more effectively identify AI talent and assignment opportunities, processes that incentivize experimentation and changes in career paths, and investing in the necessary technological infrastructure.

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