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AI for U.S. Department of Defense Leaders

Within the U.S. Department of Defense, there is a race to bring artificial intelligence technologies into its organizations. However, in many cases, DoD leaders are being asked to make these decisions without firmly understanding the DoD AI Strategy, what AI is, data requirements, or the DoD principles of AI. This course will answer these questions and beyond to help you understand AI’s potential and, thus, improve your ability to make key decisions regarding its use.

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About This Course

In the world of artificial intelligence, the promise of achieving significant breakthroughs in knowledge, automating routine tasks and enabling higher level skill work from your team is clearly an important reason to pursue AI capabilities within different mission areas of the DoD. Whether using AI for natural disaster or COVID-19 insights, military platform maintenance, or more specialized uses regarding cybersecurity and intelligence, AI is here to stay.

To harness the capabilities that AI brings to the DoD, it is important to provide fundamental education to Department leaders, both civilian and military, on what AI is and more specific DoD components, such as the DoD AI Strategy and Principles of AI.

Successful adoption of AI technologies requires education and understanding your role in making the DoD AI Strategy possible. This ourse will help you to understand, leverage and utilize AI capabilities within your mission area of the DoD.

What you'll learn:

  • How to understand the intent and key goals of the DoD AI Strategy
  • How to determine what AI and machine learning is and isn’t
  • How to identify the importance of data to DoD AI initiatives
  • How to identify the DoD Principles of AI and their importance


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Staff

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Dr. J. Keith Dunbar

Dr. J. Keith Dunbar is a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer whose career culminated with a tour of duty at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as a training program manager for its Academy of Defense Intelligence. Dr. Dunbar is a learning strategy, leadership development, integrated talent management, instructional design, e-learning, and content delivery expert. He has taught intelligence analysis courses for the Navy and DIA.

Dr. Dunbar’s academic credentials include a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and a Bachelor's degree in naval and political science at the University of New Mexico. He has also completed graduate certificate programs from the executive education program at the UPenn Wharton School of Business in business leader engagement, learning technology, and organizational leadership.

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Who can take the course?

Anyone who has an interest in improving their critical thinking skills.

Is there a test?

Yes. There are knowledge checks during each week that you have to get at least 80% correct in order to move to the next week.