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JOHN MERRIHEW, PRESIDENT
Principal Investigator on a dozen different Artificial Intelligence projects in the US Army in the domains of data analytics, operations/intelligence Rusion, UAV automatous operations and human terrain
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Army Aviator who served 24 years in the United States Army in numerous positions
4 time combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 113 combat sorties and over 1300 combat hours over Iraq
Command and staff positions at multiple levels in the US Army
Served in Infantry, Field Artillery, Aviation (Cavalry, Attack and Lift)
Extensive practical combat experience in intelligence fusion for warfighters at the tactical edge and is a qualified Joint Operational Planning
"Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for use of Moving Target Indicators by BCT and below in support of OIF/OEF” Secret (2008) Joint TTPs Air Weapons School Nellis AFB, NV
“S-6 Associate Unified approach to building and managing Network Operating Environment within context of tactical missions and other warfighting functions” MILCOM Nov 19-21 2013
“Situational Awareness Fusion Enhancement (SAFE) Aid SAFE Aid a man-in-the-loop evaluation is part of an Aviation Development Directorate - Applied Aviation Technology Directorate (ADD-AATD)" Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) project AHS International 69th Annual Forum & Technology Display May 21-23, 2014 Phoenix AZ
“Stochastic Risk Assessments for Man-Machine Communication” Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) phase II project for ARO. National Geo-Spatial Agency Washington DC 28 October 2014
“Improving Situational Awareness through Intelligent Systems” 12 Oct 2015
“Decision-support software agent for the management of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)” Warfighter Associate Project ATO-THINK 2010-2012 ARL HRED/ CERDEC 15 March 2016
“Improved Fusion Algorithm System”, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, 20 – 24 June 2016.
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These companies are pitching AI to the US military
While Silicon Valley workers continue to protest their employers selling artificial intelligence products to the US military, the US military is still looking to spend money on AI.
The Army Research Lab, the Project Maven team, and the US Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will host technology companies later this month in Maryland, where the government will view private demonstrations. According to federal contracting data (free login required for the full list), large tech companies such as Intel, IBM, GE, Oracle, as well as defense company Raytheon, have expressed interest in showing off their AI for the military.
Absent from the list are AI giants such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, though the DoD has not responded to an inquiry as to whether the available contracting data is the complete list of attending organizations.
The DoD’s needs aren’t too different from those of a Silicon Valley tech company, though the technology is unlikely to be used in a food delivery app or search engine. The military is looking for help organizing and standardizing its data, tools to create AI algorithms, and infrastructure to test and deploy those algorithms. Some of the military’s uses are similar to commercial applications for AI, like predictive maintenance and translation, though other use cases include analyzing drone footage and “force protection,” which means mitigating potential threats to the military. Project Maven, in particular, is focused on tech that autonomously extracts information from still or moving imagery.
Smaller, more specialized tech firms from outside of Silicon Valley are also vying for government contracts. Descartes Labs, which uses artificial intelligence to analyze satellite imagery, is planning to attend the industry day and give a demo. Descartes Labs’ government programs director, Steven Truitt, tells Quartz the company plans to discuss a super-computing platform for the intelligence community and “defense information awareness missions.”
A competitor, Orbital Insight, has also indicated interest in the event.
Of the 42 businesses interested in attending the event, six are owned by veterans, according to the contracting documents. John Merrihew, VP government solutions at AI contractor Veloxiti, says his military experience puts him in a different category of tech company than Silicon Valley.
“I’m an Army retiree after 24 years and a half-dozen combat tours, so I have an obligation to [provide this technology],” Merrihew told Quartz. “I’m not a guy out on the west coast who’s made a lot of money like Google.”