Pentagon boosts emerging tech spend

December 5, 2017

Via: FCW

The Department of Defense spent $7.4 billion in fiscal year 2017 on cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence technologies, according to a recent report by public-sector contracting analytics firm Govini.

That represents a 32 percent increase since 2012, with more specific technologies like quantum computing, virtual reality and machine learning seeing some of the bigger boosts in investment. While cloud, AI and big data all saw spending jump over the past five years, AI accounted for the bulk of the increase in spending and is framed in the report as one of the “technological cornerstones” of DOD’s long-term strategy for military dominance and deterrence.

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