FROM THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
During 2023, it was nearly impossible not to hear or read something in the news about artificial intelligence. In fact, with the rise of generative AI and large language models, we could almost call 2023 the year of artificial intelligence. It was the year that AI seemed to finally break away from technology publications and into mainstream media coverage about its pros and cons, of which there are many.
I can tell you that we at ARLIS recognize the unique strengths the harmonious integration of AI and human intelligence bring to the table. It is clear there is a symbiotic relationship between humans and machines that has become increasingly crucial. In the dynamic realm of intelligence and security, the importance of humans in the loop cannot be overstated. ARLIS understands that the true potential of AI lies not in replacing human capabilities but in amplifying our collective effectiveness.
One of our more notable projects in 2023 focused on the declassification process for government documents and is identifying applications of AI to streamline portions of the process. We are making significant strides in supporting the government’s efforts to automate and expedite the declassification of sensitive information to not only enhance efficiency, but also ensure transparency and accountability.
In 2023, we dove into quantum computing to support the government’s vision to transform the way the Department of Defense uses quantum computing to refine and expand defense applications across the community. The convergence of quantum computing with our research staff will open new avenues for solving complex national security problems. In collaboration with government partners, ARLIS is also actively engaged in training insider threat professionals and researching new ways to conduct credibility assessments. Finally, one of our key focus areas continues in cognitive security, where we have developed an interesting approach to safeguard against vulnerability and emerging threats in the information landscape.
In closing, I would like to recognize Dr. William Regli, our founding executive director, and extend my sincere gratitude for his vision and leadership, without which we would not be here today. Thank you also to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (OUSD I&S), our government sponsors, and the University of Maryland for your continuing support. To the dedicated employees of ARLIS, your commitment to excellence and collaborative spirit are the driving forces behind our successes. Thank you for your continued trust and partnership.
Dr. Craig Lawrence, Interim Executive Director