Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing military leadership and introducing new practices within the armed forces, according to senior aviation officials worldwide. The Conference of Chiefs of Air Staff (CAS) in Dubai, held on November 12th, highlighted the fundamental changes that […]
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing military leadership and introducing new practices within the armed forces, according to senior aviation officials worldwide. The Conference of Chiefs of Air Staff (CAS) in Dubai, held on November 12th, highlighted the fundamental changes that members of the military aviation should expect in line with the ubiquitous use of AI.
The traditional style of military leadership is no longer given great importance as it is considered outdated in the contemporary world. Brigadier General Azzan Ali A. AI Nuaimi, Commander of the Air Warfare and Missile Center of the United Arab Emirates, emphasized that the classical hierarchical decision-making model is no longer suitable for the operational environment where information is fast and fluid.
Aviation chiefs from different countries around the world are embracing the advantages of using artificial intelligence in military tasks. The level of technological complexity varies from accelerating routine analyses that used to take days or weeks, to generating new tactical directions on the battlefield based on extensive contextual data.
However, sophisticated AI algorithms carry the risk of making undesirable decisions, particularly when it comes to targeting and killing. Therefore, leaders insist on retaining human control in sensitive tasks. “Achieving a balance between trusting artificial intelligence and human decision-making is crucial,” said Al Nuaimi.
The acceleration of future conflicts demands a timely command and control network. “Artificial intelligence has expanded the space and speed of warfare,” highlighted Air Vice Marshal Glen Braz, responsible for the readiness of the Australian Air Force. “In the future, there will be a need for delegating decision-making in a fast-paced environment with continuous communications.”
The importance of connectivity was also emphasized by Lieutenant General Luca Goretti, Chief of the Italian Air Force. “If you know how to manage data, you win. If you can’t manage or process data, you lose,” he said. “Thanks to the war in Ukraine, we realized the need for data sharing.”
Although there is consensus among top officers to support shorter chains of command to adapt to the next generation of artificial intelligence, there are experts who believe that there is another side to the argument. “While there may be a shortening of chains of command due to increased speed of decision-making supported by AI, that will not always be the case,” said former Australian Army General Mick Ryan. “Sometimes we will use it to slow down decision-making and become more strategic in our thinking.”