Call it a partnership of convenience. The Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) needed help in growing its technology capabilities. The General Services Administration wants to set up an AI Center of Excellence.
The two agencies announced on Sept. 25th they are partnering under the Centers of Excellence initiative to meet both goals. DoD’s JAIC becomes the fifth agency to take part in the Trump administration’s CoE program.
Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, director of the JAIC, said on Wednesday at the 2019 George T. Kalaris Intelligence Conference on Artificial Intelligence and National Security that GSA has been forward leaning in reaching out to offer the JAIC assistance.
“On the contracting and acquisition side of it, they have been incredibly helpful. In addition to trying to hire the right people, our other big challenge is contracting and acquisition and moving at the speed of agile methodology. That is a big part of it,” he said.
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