US Army Plans to Use AI to Predict Where the Enemy Will Strike Next
Wed, April 21, 2021

US Army Plans to Use AI to Predict Where the Enemy Will Strike Next

The US Army launched the ATR-MCAS program, which uses AI to predict where the enemy will attack next / Credits: zabelin via 123RF


The world’s military is among the many groups that use artificial intelligence to help them on the battlefield. As of now, the development of military AI is accelerating with several countries such as the US, China, and Russia using the current AI arms programs, policies, and positions. AI advances enable new military capabilities to have a disruptive impact on military strategies. For instance, the US army is planning to use AI, drones, target recognition, and machine learning to predict where the enemy will attack next. 

The military needs to know its position about their surroundings and the enemy. If they fail to do this, they may lose situational awareness due to the demands of combat. To address this, the US army launched the Army’s Aided Threat Recognition from Mobile Cooperative and Autonomous Sensors (ATR-MCAS), which uses AI to “identify, classify, and geo-locate entities, obstacles, and potential threats, generating a “common operating picture” (COP) of the battle zone.

According to Popular Mechanics, an online site that inspires, instructs and influences readers to help them master the modern world, ATR-MCAS aims to operate autonomous air and ground drones throughout the battle zone, keeping a continuous watch on the enemy. This would allow tankers to devote their attention entirely on the fight at hand, without being distracted. After that, the military can look at the COP and quickly get ready for the next fight. The COP data is “processed by an AI-enabled decision support agent, which can make recommendations such as the prioritization of the threats for Soldiers to utilize."

While AI can’t defeat trained and experienced military men, the technology can quickly analyze and prioritize information in order of likely importance. At the same time, AI can ensure combat leaders and their staff avoid information overload by making sense of dozens or even hundreds of sightings of enemy equipment on the battlefield.