From the Alliance

May. 11, 2021

Innovation Alliance Fact Sheet on the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Final Report

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) was established in 2018 to make recommendations to the President and Congress to “advance the development of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.”

The independent Commission was co-chaired by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work.

In its final report, issued in March 2021, the Commission found that the U.S. is not sufficiently prepared to defend or compete against China in the AI era. It notably called on policymakers to recognize the importance of strong intellectual property rights, particularly patent rights, in advancing the development of AI and other emerging technologies critical to U.S. national security. And it found that China is poised to “fill the void” left by weakened IP protections in the U.S.

Key findings from the report are available here.