The first task of the board will be to develop a user-friendly Responsible AI certification standard. It will include quality controls and risk mitigation, that will help align novel AI and data projects with NATO’s Principles of Responsible Use, which was approved in October 2021.
The Board will also act as a unique platform to exchange best practices and guide innovators as well as operational end-users throughout the development phase. This will contribute to trust within the innovation community. NATO is piloting AI in fields as diverse as cyber defense, climate change, and imagery analysis at present.
In response to the Strategic Concept’s call 2022 to expedite digital transformation, NATO Allies also approved NATO’s first Digital Transformation vision. By the year 2030, NATO’s Digital Transformation will allow the Alliance to conduct multi-domain operations. It will also facilitate political consultation and data-driven decision-making, ensure interoperability across all domains, and enhance situational awareness.
NATO’s efforts in emerging and disruptive technologies, AI Strategy, and data exploitation framework policy will contribute to bringing the vision to life. Additional steps were made with the Defence Ministers’ endorsement of priority areas for applying advanced data analysis, including enabling multi-domain operations, enhancing situational awareness, and approving NATO’s first autonomy implementation plan.
Autonomy, AI, and data exploitation are among the nine technological areas of priority to NATO. These include quantum-enabled technologies, biotechnology and human enhancements, hypersonic technologies, novel material and manufacturing, energy and propulsion, and space.