The Latest Application of Artificial Intelligence in US, French and UK Military Intelligence

In recent years, artificial intelligence technologies centered on big data, machine learning, and natural language processing have made remarkable progress.


The U.S. intelligence community and the Department of Defense attach great importance to the development and deployment of artificial intelligence systems to support intelligence analysis, seeing this as both an opportunity to take advantage of emerging technologies and a solution to data overload. To this end, the United States established the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA). In recent years, IARPA has invested heavily in artificial intelligence systems for intelligence analysis, especially in the areas of intelligence research such as analysis, prediction, and collection. In addition, the U.S. military established an Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team as early as 2015. It quickly converts a large amount of data from the Ministry of National Defense into intelligence with practical value, improves the analysis and processing of tactical drones and centrally controlled full-motion video, and improves maritime combat support capabilities. After years of improvement, the automatic recognition rate of artificial intelligence systems in complex environments has exceeded 80%. In the next step, the United States will also test this technology on more drone platforms.


French company Preligens has developed two AI products, ROBIN and ZEBRA, to search for text. Not only can you search for specific references, but you can also find those references in a specific context, relationship, or meaning. It searches images to detect, classify and identify military objects of interest. ROBIN is a NATO STANAG 3596 compliant optical satellite imagery surveillance tool that can utilize commercial or sovereign data. ZEBRA is an automated AI solution for military mapping that detects and vectorizes roads and buildings from satellite imagery and creates maps of urban and rural areas. The software of the French company Preligens is currently used by France, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and other NATO or EU countries.


Systematic has designed the SitaWare Battle Management System Headquarters for the British Army, which will provide comprehensive situational awareness and command and control (C2) capabilities at the battalion level and above. SitaWare suites are operationally proven and delivered to over 30 countries. The software provides comprehensive C2 capabilities at all levels of the battlespace, from ground commanders using SitaWare Edge, to cavalry units using SitaWare Frontline, and higher echelons of command using SitaWare Headquarters. AI can support the commander and staff roles in a number of ways. It can process large amounts of information faster and more accurately than humans, resulting in less work. This applies especially to intelligence analysis.