Converging Allied Perspectives on AI Adoption

May 4, 2021 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Event Overview

The Road to the NATO Summit.

NATO is working to develop a strategy for the security and defense applications of artificial intelligence (AI) ahead of a June 14 summit. In an increasingly competitive world, this critical effort will ensure the United States and its closest allies can maintain and strengthen their strategic and technological edge. However, to achieve this, Allied leaders must coordinate on several policy challenges related to ethical principles for AI use, interoperability standards, data-sharing issues, investment, and industry engagement, among others.

Bringing together perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic, the discussion explores political and technical obstacles to AI adoption and offer concrete ideas for implementation at the Alliance level. Following the release of the U.S. National Security Commission on AI’s 2021 final report, the discussion will also focus on how the U.S. and other allies’ experiences with AI can provide important lessons to inform NATO’s efforts.

Keynote Speakers:

David van Weel, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

Gilman Louie, Commissioner, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence


Moderated by:

Vivienne Machi, Freelance Journalist; Contributor, Defense News



General Sir Patrick Sanders KCB CBE DSO ADC, Commander, United Kingdom Strategic Command

Matt Cordova, Global Cooperation Team, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence

Kadi Silde, Undersecretary for Defense Policy, Ministry of Defense of Estonia

Ulrike Franke, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Anne BouverotChairwoman, Technicolor


Moderated by:

Aaron Mehta, Deputy Editor and Pentagon Correspondent, Defense News

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