Transforming Homeland Security Missions with Artificial Intelligence
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Transforming Homeland Security Missions with Artificial Intelligence

By Catalina Joseph, Gov CIO Outlook | Monday, March 15, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security will improve its potential to safeguard people and the values through the responsible implementation of artificial intelligence into the Department’s activities and by reducing new risks posed by AI.

FREMONT, CA: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is announcing its strategic framework on the deployment and responsible integration of AI in the domestic security apparatus. The Strategy was tailored in response to the Trump Administration’s Executive Order 13690 Principles for the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Government. The plan stresses the principles needed to maintain America’s competitive technological edge while balancing the Constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties of all Americans. 

Artificial Intelligence provides the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) new opportunities to accomplish the mission to guard the homeland, identify and prevent criminal actors, and secure cyberspace. While people understand both the positive and negative risks regarding the use of AI technology, the Department is responsible for overseeing the use of AI systems. The use of AI in Government prioritizes the responsible use of AI technology while also reducing AI-related risks to the homeland, citizens, and values.

President Trump’s Executive Order outlines some federal agencies' parameters when acquiring, designing, and using AI. All agencies are needed to adhere to the following Principles: Lawful and respectful of the Nation’s values; purposeful and performance-driven; accurate, reliable, and effective; safe and resilient; understandable; responsible and traceable; regularly monitored; transparent and accountable. In response, the DHS strategy's mission is to improve potentials capabilities to safeguard the people, homeland, and values through the responsible integration of artificial intelligence into the Department’s mission while reducing new threats posed by adversarial use of AI.

The DHS strategy sets out five objectives for the Department’s approach to combining AI into DHS mission execution. The DHS core objective is to use AI for mission outcomes while reducing the risks and challenges across the homeland security enterprise.  The DHS uses AI to improve mission effectiveness, developing a DHS AI workforce, and inspiring public trust and engagement.

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