Portman Announces Senate-Passed NDAA Includes Amendment to Study U.S.-China Competition in Artificial Intelligence

June 27, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised the Senate passage of the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act which included an amendment he co-authored with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) directing the Department of Defense to provide a comparative analysis and a briefing of U.S.-China artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to Congress. The amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to undertake a comprehensive and national-level review of current trends in AI developments in both the U.S. and China, and an assessment of predicted implications to national security should the current trends continue.  It also pushes the Department to consider what types of relationships – in both the public and private sector – they need to develop in order to ensure the U.S. keeps pace with global AI development trends.

“As the co-chair of the Senate AI Caucus, I’m pleased my amendment to ensure we are cognizant of the threat that increased Chinese investment in and development of AI poses to our national security was included in the Senate-passed NDAA. This amendment would push the Department of Defense to be forward-thinking about their investments in AI and how to strategically work with the public and private sector to develop and mature our own capabilities.”

Portman is the co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, where he works with members to explore the capabilities, implications, and opportunities of AI.