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Week 5: Artificial Intelligence, Present and Future Use in National Security

May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm BST

Speaker: Sir David Omand, GCB, Former Director of GCHQ (1996-97)

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Overview:Recent years have seen major shifts in international security driven by advancements in Artificial Intelligence, in particular the vital work conducted by national intelligence agencies. What then, do these trends portend for the future of intelligence? What will the interaction of human and artificial intelligence look like in operational terms? And how may governments best defend against its offensive use by state and non-state actors? Join us on Monday for this special talk on artificial intelligence and national security with Sir David Omand, former Director of GCHQ (1996-97) and Visiting Professor at King’s College London.

Speaker Bio: Sir David Omand was the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, responsible to the Prime Minister for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counter-terrorism strategy, and “homeland security.” He served for seven years on the Joint Intelligence Committee. He was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2000, and before that Director of GCHQ (the UK Sigint Agency). Previously, in the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy, he was particularly concerned with long term strategy, with the British military contribution in restoring peace in the former Yugoslavia and the recasting of British nuclear deterrence policy at the end of the Cold War. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary during the Falklands conflict, and served for three years in NATO Brussels as the UK Defence Counsellor. He has been a visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies at Kings College since 2005-2006.


May 20
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm BST
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