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Ministry of Defence: Artificial Intelligence

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 14054, tabled on 10 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to what extent their Department makes use of artificial intelligence in the implementation of its policies; and how much was spent from their Department’s budget on artificial intelligence in each of the last three years.

Answered on

17 June 2021

AI and AI-enabled systems have the potential to transform Defence - from the back office to the battlespace. We will set out an ambitious plan to accelerate the development and adoption of these technologies through a Defence AI Strategy later this year, and are significantly ramping up investment as part of the £6.6 billion investment in R&D announced through the Integrated Review and 2020 Spending Round. This includes the establishment of a Defence AI Centre as part of the Defence Digital Foundry.

AI is an enabling technology that will be used as part of a diverse range of Defence services and capabilities. While over 200 AI-related projects are currently underway across the department - covering areas such as the analysis of intelligence data, the development of autonomous marine vehicles, and the use of AI to support military command and control - the Department does not capture or hold centrally spend data on the AI-specific elements of these projects.