France Uses Artificial Intelligence to Solve Military Problems

Sébastien Lecornu

From innocuous ultra-realistic drawings of kittens and girls created by artificial intelligence to the development of complex military scenarios. Who could have ever doubted that the power of supercomputers with artificial intelligence inside would be immediately put at the service of the armed forces. Many countries are probably experimenting with it, but France was the first to openly announce it, having already launched the Ministerial Agency for Artificial Intelligence in Defense (AMIAD). As French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu said in an interview with the Les Echos newspaper, “the new agency will report directly to the minister and will be in charge of conceptualizing and producing artificial intelligence in major military programs, both current and future.”

By 2026, the Agency “will have to employ 300 civil and military engineers, researchers, doctoral students,” the minister said, according to whom “the research center will be established in Palaiseau, on the site of Polytechnical School (École Polytechnique), a 200-hectare plot in the vicinity of Paris, and the technical center will be located in Bruz, near Rennes, on a site specialized in information management and cybersecurity of the Directorate General of Armaments.”

Plans involving the use of artificial intelligence for military purposes cannot help but worry international public opinion, even if they were more than predictable. This will be one of the central themes of the Serbian presidency, which will lead the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) for the next three years. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called this decision “great news” for the Balkan country. “It is difficult to emphasize how important this is for our country in terms of its presence in the global development of artificial intelligence,” Vucic stressed. GPAI is an international initiative to promote responsible, human-centered development and use of artificial intelligence. Ironically, the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence emerged at the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron, who is now putting the AI phenomenon at the service of the military. Serbia was admitted to the GPAI in 2022. The Partnership currently comprises 29 countries, including France, Canada, the USA, and India. In 2023, the GPAI summit was held in India, and in 2024, the next summit will be held in Serbia, in Belgrade.