Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Ranking Member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities, addressed the inaugural session of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, a federally appointed Commission tasked with advising the government on artificial intelligence.  The Commission, which was established with the passage of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act of 2019, was introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik.  Congresswoman Stefanik has been an advocate for increased investment, stronger oversight, and greater public-private partnership in field of artificial intelligence. 

“In March of last year, I introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to establish a national commission to review the advances in AI, the competitiveness of our efforts, and the implications to our national security,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Yesterday, less than a year later, we were surrounded by some of the leading minds and visionaries in the field of AI – this is a remarkable achievement.  The speed at which this Commission was able to organize is a testament to the hard work and dedication of so many in the Department of Defense, and is a reflection of how important this issue is. I want to stress how important the Commission’s findings and recommendations will be to policy makers and Congress.  Their input will be critical to ensuring we balance the rapid technological advances in AI with sound, well-crafted policy that reinforces our national and economic security.”