SECNAV wants $800 million for AI-based training

By Justin Katz  
January 18, 2018 at 5:25 PM

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer is seeking $800 million from Congress to train sailors using artificial intelligence.

The money, which would come from the future years defense plan, would be used for schools, simulators and bridge uniformity, he said. "It's not a tremendous amount of money in the grand scheme of things and it has great leverage.

"We're exploring the application of artificial intelligence which would actually work with the individual people to find weaknesses and actually strengthen the areas of weakness," Spencer said while testifying before the House seapower projection forces and readiness subcommittees.

Spencer testified alongside Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson about the readiness of the surface fleet in the wake of completing several ongoing reviews.