A $741 billion defense policy bill passed by Congress greenlights $6.4B worth of federal funding toward AI research and initiatives. Both the Senate and House overrode President Trump's veto of the legislation, which effectively sets the stage for a U.S. national strategy on AI.
- The bill's National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act is now law. It authorizes (but doesn't yet fund) $4.8B for the National Science Foundation, $1.2B for the Energy Department, and $400M for the National Institute of Standards and Technology to further their AI efforts.
- It directs researchers to look into a national research cloud, which would boost AI research, and calls for a White House AI office and an advisory committee.
- The Act also raises the standing of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), the military's AI center, by having it report directly to the deputy secretary of defense rather than the department’s chief information officer.
- The bill also gives the JAIC acquisition authority and creates a board of advisers to give it advice on AI issues.
- “It’s the closest thing to a national strategy on AI from the United States to be formally endorsed by Congress,” said lobbyist and former congressional staffer Tony Samp.
- Stanford's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence provided a handy summary of all the AI provisions included in the 4,500-page defense bill.