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Partnership to bring trusted generative AI to defence and security

Partnership to bring trusted generative AI to defence and security

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

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To create trusted generative AI for the defence and security industries, Thales’s cortAIx Lab, the most powerful integrated laboratory for critical AI in Europe, and the CEA, which is one of the most innovative research organisations, have joined forces to focus on a range of generative AI use cases, in particular for intelligence and command applications.

Through this three-year renewable partnership, Thales will provide its AI expertise and deep knowledge of the defence and security sectors, while the CEA will contribute its know-how in multimodal generative AI (based on text, images, audio, electromagnetic signals, structured data and other inputs) to accelerate the integration of AI for Thales customers with critical mission requirements.

Bertrand Tavernier, Chief Technical Officer for Thales’s Secure Communications and Information Systems business: “This partnership with the CEA’s AI teams will combine the power of their research with our work at cortAIx, Thales’s AI accelerator, which brings together the Group’s technological expertise and deep knowledge of the defence and security sectors. Our customers — governments, armed forces, critical infrastructure operators — need trusted, sovereign generative AI for their critical missions.”

Alexandre Bounouh, Director of the CEA’s List Institute, specialising in smart digital systems: “This partnership builds on the long-standing collaboration between the CEA and Thales and extends it to the sensitive issue of generative AI, combining the expertise and excellence of the CEA’s research teams in AI safety and security with cortAIx’s strengths in the strategic domain of defence and security. It will support the CEA’s mission in safety, security and artificial intelligence with our partners and all institutional and industry stakeholders in this field.”

 

Use cases for the armed forces

Generative AI can be developed to accelerate OODA command loops (observe, orient, decide, act) and implemented across the entire critical decision chain: sensing and data gathering, data transmission and storage, data processing and decision support.

Generative AI will serve as a trusted smart assistant for users, enabling them to dialogue easily and efficiently with complex systems with the aim of facilitating and accelerating human decision-making and the tempo of operations. For intelligence gathering, for example, multimodal generative AI will make it possible to simultaneously extract, process, correlate and interpret different types of information from multiple sources — such as the web, social media and sensors in a theatre of operations — to generate summaries and accelerate the production of reliable reports.

Thales’s cortAIx Lab and the CEA will also focus on interoperability within coalitions. To simplify communication between member states in the context of a joint operation, trusted generative AI will facilitate interaction between operators and complex systems by translating their intentions into a sequence of actions and translating technical terms into the languages of the various nations involved.

Working with Thales, the CEA teams will be applying their expertise more specifically to develop LLMs (large language models) and VLMs (vision language models) for the sectors and use cases targeted by Thales.

Image: Alexandre Bounouh, Director of the CEA-List Institute, specialising in smart digital systems, and Bertrand Tavernier, CTO for Thales’s Secure Communications and Information Systems business, at the signing of the partnership agreement on 30 April 2024 in Palaiseau, France. Photo courtesy of Thales.

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