(FreedomBeacon.com)- The US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) has been conducting Global Information Dominance Experiments involving compiling massive amounts of data gathered by satellite, undersea censors and cyberwarfare.
According to NORTHCOM leadership, the Artificial Intelligence and machine-learning tools tested in these experiments may someday offer the Pentagon the ability to predict future enemy movements days in advance based on evaluating patterns, anomalies, and trends in massive data sets.
While this might sound like futuristic science fiction, it really isn’t. NORTHCOM’s commander says this capability is already enabled by tools the Pentagon currently has on hand.
NORTHCOM Commander, General Glen VanHerck, explained that AI-enabled decision-making could allow operational commanders to potentially posture forces in order to create deterrence options which can then be provided to the Secretary of Defense or President.
Data is gathered from across the globe and shared onto a cloud. This data can then be processed at lightning speed using Artificial Intelligence. This rapid processing allows US forces “to get further ahead and posture ourselves” to defeat any opponent, General VanHerck explained.
By processing data so quickly, commanders are better positioned to avoid conflict in favor of “deter-and-deny” actions. It would also allow for faster, more proactive decision-making.
This creation of intelligent machines which think and work like humans is seen as a new frontier in war-fighting capability. During the recent Hamas attacks on Israel from Gaza back in May, Israel used something similar to deploy drone swarms to attack incoming rockets. Instead of human input, the Israeli drones were linked together using AI to seek out their targets.
In addition to Israel, similar AI drone swarms are being developed by the UK, Russia, the US and China. Recently, China revealed it is developing a top secret underwater drone designed to track and destroy enemy submarines with no human input.
General VanHerck said that the United States Space Command was also intimately involved in the Global Information Dominance Experiments, adding that the experiments were exploring options to hold adversaries’ space-based and land-based capabilities at risk while simultaneously considering that potential adversaries would put US space assets at risk in any conflict.