NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, strives to safeguard the freedom and security of all its 31 members by political and military means and collective defence.
To do this effectively, the Alliance needs to stay abreast of the evolving threat landscape. Today’s threats are often digital in nature, which means that it is important to foster an excellent understanding of emerging technologies and all the implications surrounding their use.
The rapid maturation of AI technologies — including autonomous systems, advanced analytics, and generative AI — is currently at the forefront of security conversations around the world. NATO is particularly invested in the topic, with a focus on responsible use of AI, a key part of their AI strategy.
To promote a better understanding of AI and its military implications, the NATO Science and Technology Organisation (STO), together with the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), commissioned the strategic von Karman Horizon Scanning on Artificial Intelligence. Solita’s Head of Sustainable AI, Anna Metsäranta, was one of experts engaged in this initiative.
Giving senior Alliance leaders the AI know-how they need to lead sustainable adoption
The use of AI has risen in prominence and entered the mainstream. AI technologies of all kinds have become a mainstay of the day to day and are now an integral part of international security conversations.
For discussions to be as productive as possible, senior leaders at NATO need to be able to participate and engage in these conversations from an AI-savvy position. They need a strong understanding of AI technology — how it works, where it can be used, and the risks, impacts and other considerations around it.
To help with this, the NCI Agency’s Chief of Exploiting Data Science and AI, Michael Street, has arranged AI training for Alliance senior leaders. Having met Anna Metsäranta through the von Karman Horizon Scanning on AI and learned about Solita’s experience in training senior leaders on AI, Michael approached Solita to collaborate on planning and executing the NATO AI Masterclass.
With NATO’s needs in mind, Solita set out to tailor our existing AI Masterclass concept to fit the senior leadership team in NATO. Working in close collaboration with the NCI Agency Chief Technology Officer’s Data Science and AI team, the course was extended with modules delivered by NATO’s own experts to cover elements of NATO’s unique context.