Level of Education

Doctoral Graduate


Recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) have caused concern over the ethical implications of large-scale AI implementation. As a result, leading technologists and computer scientists have advocated an incremental rather than comprehensive approach to AI development and implementation to allow ethical and structural guidelines to provide a public safety net. However, such an approach does not account for the geopolitical and national security implications of lagging behind competitors like China, who have publicly stated goals of reaching AI supremacy within the next ten years. This article presents a national security analysis of the risks to American national security by allowing the United States to lose its competitive edge in AI. It finds that fundamental change is needed to retain its technological leadership at the international level. And it advocates a whole-of-government approach and public-private cooperation to prevent China from reshaping the geopolitical order through disruptive, AI-enabled technology.