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Responsible Speed: Building AI Readiness at the DoD

Posted Oct 20
# TransformX 2022
# Fireside Chat
# AI in National Security
# AI Policy & Governance
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Dr. Jane Pinelis
Dr. Jane Pinelis
Dr. Jane Pinelis
Chief, AI Assurance @ Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO)

Dr. Jane Pinelis is Chief of AI Assurance at the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO). She leads a diverse team of testers and analysts in rigorous testing and evaluation (T&E) for CDAO capabilities, as well as development of T&E-specific products and standards to support testing of AI- enabled systems across the DoD. She also leads the team responsible for instantiating Responsible AI principles into DoD practices.

Prior to joining the CDAO, Dr. Pinelis served as the Director of Test and Evaluation for USDI’s Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team, or “Project Maven.” She directed developmental testing for AI models, including computer vision, machine translation, facial recognition, and natural language processing. Dr. Pinelis is also co-author of “The Experiment of a Lifetime: Doing Science in the Wild for the United States Marine Corps.”

Dr. Pinelis holds a BS in statistics, economics, and mathematics; an MA in statistics; and a PhD in statistics, all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Dr. Jane Pinelis is Chief of AI Assurance at the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO). She leads a diverse team of testers and analysts in rigorous testing and evaluation (T&E) for CDAO capabilities, as well as development of T&E-specific products and standards to support testing of AI- enabled systems across the DoD. She also leads the team responsible for instantiating Responsible AI principles into DoD practices.

Prior to joining the CDAO, Dr. Pinelis served as the Director of Test and Evaluation for USDI’s Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team, or “Project Maven.” She directed developmental testing for AI models, including computer vision, machine translation, facial recognition, and natural language processing. Dr. Pinelis is also co-author of “The Experiment of a Lifetime: Doing Science in the Wild for the United States Marine Corps.”

Dr. Pinelis holds a BS in statistics, economics, and mathematics; an MA in statistics; and a PhD in statistics, all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Mark Valentine
Mark Valentine
Mark Valentine
Head of Federal @ Scale AI and Formerly, General Manager, National Security @ Microsoft

Mark Valentine is the Head of Federal for Scale AI where he focuses on delivering advanced AI technologies to customers across the US Federal Government. Prior to joining Scale in 2021 he led Microsoft’s National Security Team and concentrated on delivering advanced technologies from cloud computing to mixed reality to warfighters and analysts across the US Military and Intelligence Community. Prior to his time in industry he served in the US Air Force for over 25-years as a fighter pilot, commander, and staff officer at Headquarters US Air Force and the Joint Staff. Mr. Valentine holds a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts in International Security Policy from Georgetown University. Additionally, he attended the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business as a Secretary of Defense Fellow. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Weapons School, NATO Tactical Leadership Program, the National Emergency Management Executive Academy (joint program of the Emergency Management Institute and Harvard University) and the Foreign Service Institute’s National Security Executive Leadership Seminar. He lives near Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and two children where he is active in AFCEA, the American Legion Boys State program and several non-profit boards.

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Mark Valentine is the Head of Federal for Scale AI where he focuses on delivering advanced AI technologies to customers across the US Federal Government. Prior to joining Scale in 2021 he led Microsoft’s National Security Team and concentrated on delivering advanced technologies from cloud computing to mixed reality to warfighters and analysts across the US Military and Intelligence Community. Prior to his time in industry he served in the US Air Force for over 25-years as a fighter pilot, commander, and staff officer at Headquarters US Air Force and the Joint Staff. Mr. Valentine holds a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts in International Security Policy from Georgetown University. Additionally, he attended the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business as a Secretary of Defense Fellow. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Weapons School, NATO Tactical Leadership Program, the National Emergency Management Executive Academy (joint program of the Emergency Management Institute and Harvard University) and the Foreign Service Institute’s National Security Executive Leadership Seminar. He lives near Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and two children where he is active in AFCEA, the American Legion Boys State program and several non-profit boards.

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SUMMARY

Dr. Jane Pinelis, the Chief of AI Assurance at the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO), sits down with Scale's Head of Federal, Mark Valentine, to discuss the U.S. government’s efforts to develop explainable and ethical AI capabilities for national security. Dr. Pinelis recounts her journey to her current role, including the time she worked on Project Maven, which at the time was the Department of Defense’s most significant investment in AI, where she implemented a test and evaluation framework to evaluate vendor-submitted models. This work led to an AI assurance branch at the CDAO. Dr. Pinelas will discuss how the CDAO implemented AI principles of responsibility, equitability, traceability, reliability, and governability across the DoD and how it is working with international partners.

Dr. Pinelis discusses the DoD’s plans for the next 12 months, including creating more best practices and tools to help implement advanced AI for different types of use cases including developers, senior leaders, and on the battlefield. Another focus is on the need to grow and nurture the existing AI workforce and build a strong base of responsible AI partners.

Dr. Pinelis also discusses the launch of the Tradewind procurement ecosystem, allowing the DoD to accelerate the adoption of AI and machine learning by making it easier to work with academia, industry, and other groups.

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