For U.S. defense agencies, rapid information retrieval and document generation are critical to gaining decision advantage and ensuring mission success. Whether you’re a service member or a civil servant, having easy access to critical information provides an advantage in decision making. Given the evolving near-peer competition, advanced technology like generative AI enables defense agencies to maintain a competitive edge against adversaries.

The obstacles that impede agencies from gaining decision advantage — defense personnel having to navigate large volumes of data, locate siloed information, and complete highly repetitive tasks — can be eliminated with C3 Generative AI, which can quickly retrieve information and populate standardized documents, such as contracts, status reports, and intelligence collection plans.

A highlight of the application is that it expedites and unifies information retrieval without users needing to know where information is located. Through queries, users can search across disparate data sources — historical and real-time, structured, and unstructured — through a single platform. The application’s intuitive question-and-answer format means that a broad range of employees can easily adopt the tool to optimize their work. Agencies can control who has access to what information on the platform.

C3 AI defense applications, like C3 AI Readiness, can be enhanced with C3 Generative AI’s capabilities. During a webinar on C3 Generative AI for defense, senior product manager and former U.S. Army Company Commander Shawn Goodin demonstrated how C3 Generative AI can be used to monitor the health of an aircraft fleet.

Goodin, acting as an aircraft sustainment officer, first asked which aircraft across his fleet are most at risk of failing due to maintenance issues. In response, C3 Generative AI created a graph — based on vehicle detail gathered from the C3 AI Readiness application — of the highest risk aircraft. Because the platform lists the sources it used to generate the graph, Goodin was able to visit the vehicle detail pages for more information on each aircraft model.


C3 Generative AI created a graph identifying the aircraft most at risk of failure.


After his preliminary search, Goodin asked some follow-up questions using the C3 Generative AI chat function. Because the generative chat is context-aware, Goodin could ask questions relating to one of the high-risk aircraft models represented in the graph, learning more about a mechanical part of the model — what its purpose is, how it functions, or how it could malfunction.


Goodin used the C3 Generative AI chat feature to learn more about the status of a high-risk component.


C3 Generative AI contextualizes data so users can better understand its value and quickly make more informed decisions. An application that makes data accessible and understandable is valuable for an array of defense applications.

“As a company commander, I regularly referenced the latest installation policies and directives or even field manuals to prepare field exercises,” said Goodin. “A knowledge co-pilot would have been a game changing tool.”

To maintain decision advantage, defense agencies need to adopt cutting-edge technology, and generative AI will be a key ingredient of future record management and information retrieval systems. But right now, with C3 Generative AI, defense agencies can make the most of their transition to automated record management.

To learn more, watch our webinar: Gain Decision Advantage with Generative AI for Defense.