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Second Permanent Secretary to speak to the power of Artificial Intelligence for Defence

Laurence Lee, Second Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence will deliver a ministerial address on how the UK plans to fully exploit and operationalise the power of Artificial Intelligence for Defence in the UK at The AI Summit next week.

Across the broad range of responsibilities that the MOD fulfils to deliver our national security, UK Defence is committed to adopting AI responsibly and ethically to deter and defend, save lives, reduce harm and shape the global development of AI in line with UK values.

The address will showcase the ways in which the MOD is supporting the UK with world-class capability for applying artificial intelligence, data science and machine learning to defence and security challenges.

With a vast array of potential applications available, from supporting decision making to streamlining back-office functions, this new strategic roll-out from the MOD is designed to support that.

The AI Summit London has a history of welcoming important speakers, the 2021 edition of the event saw Minister Chris Philp’s announce the Government’s 10-year strategy to position Britain as a global AI superpower.

The Second Permanent Secretary will be joined at the Summit by the recently appointed Commander UK Strategic Command, General Sir Jim Hockenhull, and Defence AI leaders Dr Chris Moore-Bick and Air Commodore David Rowland, who are speaking on the AI Civil Service stage.

Dr Moore-Bick will support the Minister’s address by providing more detail about Defence strategy and policy for AI, while Air Commodore David Rowland, as Senior Responsible Officer for the newly established Defence AI Centre, will describe the responsibilities of AI Centre and opportunities to partner with industry.

Event Director, Sita Kalsi said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Ministry of Defence to the programme this year. AI is a truly transformative technology, not only for its economic benefits, but the potential to dramatically changes lives and make us a global leader in tackling the biggest challenges humanity faces.”

About the AI Summit London – The first AI events were aimed solely at research and academic audiences. The founders behind The AI Summit noticed this and sought to create a more inclusive event for enterprises. In 2015, The AI Summit was launched,

Now, there are four conferences and exhibitions running annually in London, Singapore, Austin, and New York City.

Annually, these events bring together over 15,000 representatives from the world’s leading organisations, supported by IBM, Microsoft, AWS, Google, Meta, Accenture, and Intel, among others.








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