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A national strategy for AI innovation

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The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), an independent federal commission tasked with providing the president and Congress recommendations to “advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States,” submitted its final report on March 1, 2021. This report details the NSCAI’s strategy for successful U.S. leadership in the AI era, including both high-level recommendations as well as a series of urgent actions necessary to reorganize the government, reorient the nation, and rally America’s allies and partners to lead in an era of AI-accelerated cooperation, competition, and conflict.

On May 17, Brookings hosted NSCAI Chair Dr. Eric Schmidt, Commissioner Gilman Louie, and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn together in conversation with Sen. Joni Ernst, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, on policies to substantially boost investment in AI innovation and protect American interests.

Viewers submitted questions via email to or on Twitter using #NatSecAI.


Introduction and moderator

Report overview

Keynote remarks


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