RUSI partners with GCHQ for research project on AI and national security policy

RUSI headquarters in central London

RUSI headquarters in central London

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has been commissioned by GCHQ to conduct an in-depth research study into the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for national security purposes. The overall aim of the project is to establish an independent evidence base to inform future Government policy development and strategic thinking regarding the national security uses of AI.

As part of this project, RUSI researchers are consulting widely with practitioners and policy-makers from across Government, academics, legal experts, technologists and other subject matter experts. RUSI’s final report for this project will be published in the Spring of 2020 and, as mentioned, will include recommendations for future Government policy regarding the use of AI for national security purposes.

GCHQ has stated publicly that the agency embraces AI, “but not as a black box”, and that “it is absolutely essential we have the debates around AI and machine learning in the national security space that will deliver the answers and approaches affording us public consent”.

RUSI is a not-for-profit, non-political organisation and is entirely independent of Government. RUSI maintains full editorial independence throughout the publication process. Findings and recommendations are in no way influenced by project funders.

*If you or your organisation would wish to be involved, or if you require further information regarding the study, send an e-email to:

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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