Publication Date: April 15th, 2021

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Artificial intelligence (AI) may be the most beneficial technological development of the twenty-first​ century, but it is often misunderstood outside of specialists in the field. AI at War provides a balanced and practical understanding of this dawning new technology, explaining the importance of machine learning, human-machine interfaces, and big data analysis, components that are often omitted or misunderstood. While AI has many potential applications, Tangredi and Galdorisi have brought together more than thirty experts to focus on those elements relating to national security, making clear the importance and the potential of AI in defending the nation and in warfighting. Contributors include Robert Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense; Admiral James Stavridis, former Commander, Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Admiral Michael Rogers, former Director of the National Security Agency; and Admiral Scott Swift, former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet; as well as scientists and operators who share their theoretical and experiential knowledge of this “game-changing” new field.​

What People are Saying

“Because AI is going to war with us (in both senses), those interested in the nation’s security must attend to its potentials and perils. There is no better place to start than with this volume, where professionals and academics observe AI’s contribution from more angles than we can imagine.” –Martin C. Libicki, author Cyberspace in Peace and War, distinguished visiting professor, U.S. Naval Academy

AI at War is an extremely powerful book that should be read by every national security practitioner, every naval commander, and every concerned citizen. Editors Tangredi and Galdorisi have provided some of the brightest minds within government, industry, and academia the opportunity to weave an intellectual tapestry of profound breadth and depth on the myriad questions related to how Artificial Intelligence will shape future warfare. It is an “instant classic” that will do more to generate needed debate on the subject than any book published in recent decades.” –Capt. John E. Jackson, USN (Ret.), E.A. Sperry Chair of Unmanned and Robotic Systems, U.S. Naval War College, editor of One Nation, Under Drones

“Books by techies about data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning put many people to sleep after a page or two. But wait, here is a book on those subjects that is a real page-turner written by a famous spy catcher whose career thwarted the wicked cyber plots of our enemies, and by the dean of naval historians whose books have recounted the great successes of American technology in winning and deterring wars. In clear and crisp prose they illuminate the huge promise in mastering these technologies, and the terrible consequences of failing to do so.” –John Lehman, former secretary of the Navy

“…Should be read by everyone from warfighters to concerned civilians.” –Joseph S. Nye Jr., former dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and author of​ Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump