Cyber Command

NSA, Cyber Command recently wrapped studies on AI use, director says

The National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command both recently completed respective examinations of how they would use artificial intelligence in the future, the organizations’ leader said Tuesday.

“We've been doing it for a long time… It's something that we are familiar with, AI,” Army Gen. Paul Nakasone said during the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Worries that AI could increase security issues for the U.S. have grown throughout the federal government recently, all the way up to the White House. In July, top AI companies signed voluntary commitments that they would prioritize safety and security in developing the technology.

As for the NSA, it recently wrapped a 60-day study that mapped out how generative AI could impact it, according to Nakasone.

He said the spy agency already applies the technology to its signals intelligence mission but is looking to expand it to cybersecurity, as well as its “business functions” such as accounting and compliance.

Nakasone also noted that Congress mandated in a recent defense policy bill that Cyber Command develop a five-year plan for how the digital warfighting unit will utilize AI in cyberspace operations going forward.

“We have a five-year plan,” he confirmed, without offering specifics.

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Martin Matishak

Martin Matishak

is the senior cybersecurity reporter for The Record. Prior to joining Recorded Future News in 2021, he spent more than five years at Politico, where he covered digital and national security developments across Capitol Hill, the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community. He previously was a reporter at The Hill, National Journal Group and Inside Washington Publishers.