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  • Dec 4, 2018

C3.ai Hosts DC Federal Event to Highlight AI in Defense Operations

C3.ai hosts federal event to advance digital transformation of defense and intelligence organizations

Deepening its collaboration with the U.S. federal sector, C3.ai hosted an event for U.S. military and government agencies in Pentagon City, Va., to further digital transformation of the defense and intelligence systems critical for national security.

C3.ai CEO Thomas M. Siebel opened with a keynote on the impact of AI technologies on defense. “In our experience, some of the quickest and most dynamic work we’ve done is with the US military and intelligence communities,” said Siebel. “Change is necessary and ongoing, and C3.ai is honored to work alongside these leaders unafraid of deploying new AI solutions to achieve great progress.”

Representatives from across the intelligence and defense communities including the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Army Futures Command. U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIUx), and the U.S. Intelligence Community engaged in the discussion. Throughout the half-day event, participants shared insights on the successful design, development, and deployment of proven AI, big data, and cloud technologies. This work is furthering a rapidly moving culture of performance and sustained military innovation in the U.S.

C3.ai President and CTO Ed Abbo provided an in-depth look at current C3.ai federal programs and the value proposition for the defense and intelligence communities. Abbo echoed Siebel’s sentiments and noted cultural shifts, informed by DevOps methodologies that combine subject matter experts and technologists, and the speed at which C3.ai is able to integrate data and collaborate with organizations operating in this way.

Lt. Col Dave Harden, COO at AFWERX Innovation, and C3.ai Group VP of Products Dr. Nikhil Krishnan jointly led a session detailing how the U.S. Air Force is using C3.ai Readiness™ to accelerate progress toward operational defense and aircraft readiness goals.

Sharing a personal experience of the life-saving power of predictive maintenance, Harden described how the widespread application of predictive analytics across the Department of Defense can improve safety for deployed troops and increase effectiveness of missions through better theatre, equipment, and supply network visibility.

Krishnan shared insights around the practical application of AI to government use cases, taking learnings from frameworks including anti-money laundering and translating across intelligence and defense challenges.

Terry Carpenter, Service Development Executive & PEO of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and Mark Nehmer, Director of R&D and Tech Transfer DSE/FVE PEO (Acting) of the Defense Security Service (DSS), provided an in-depth review of how their agencies are overhauling critical security processes with the C3 Platform and C3.ai Center of Excellence. The work with C3.ai is speeding operations and improving accuracy and performance, they explained.

Participants noted the significant impact these C3.ai programs have on increasing readiness and improving operational efficiencies. Questions from attendees focused on the self-learning capabilities of C3.ai Applications, integration with existing ERP systems, remote data access, and capturing economic value from AI projects.

C3.ai’s experience delivering value for the U.S. Air Force demonstrates rapid development, deployment, user adoption, and highlights a track record solving complex problems on timelines numbering in months rather than years.

The C3.ai federal event was held on December 4 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, Virginia.