Call For Papers: National Security Assessments Written by AI

Divergent Options and Blogs of War are collaborating on an exciting experiment at the intersection of AI and national security. We're seeking submissions of AI-generated articles based on prompts crafted by writers like you.

Call For Papers: National Security Assessments Written by AI
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Phil Walter of Divergent Options (a frequent guest on Covert Contact) and I were discussing LLMs in the national security space and decided that a call for AI-generated papers would be an interesting experiment.

To be clear, the experiment (from my perspective) isn't to determine whether AI can do this effectively or not. I work on developing and implementing systems that can do this and know for a fact that it can. I'm more interested in seeing how well the Divergent Options & Blogs of War communities can leverage this approach. I also hope that it might motivate some mid-level or senior folks in the natsec space to get moving and start experimenting with this technology.

Submissions are due April 20, 2024. You can find all the details about the project, including their style guide, a sample prompt, and sample output, on Divergent Options. Good luck and check back here for links to published papers.

Published Submissions

Assessment of Ideological Convergence Between White Supremacist and Islamist Extremists: This analysis details the ideological crossover between white supremacist and Islamist extremists, focusing on shared tactics, terminology, and mutual legitimization. It examines the adoption of Islamist motifs by white supremacists and discusses the implications for national security, emphasizing the threat of interconnected extremist ideologies.

Assessing the Integration of Artificial Intelligence into National Security Assessments: Integrating AI into national security assessments presents both significant advantages, such as enhanced data processing capabilities, and serious risks, including vulnerability to manipulation and loss of human oversight. A balanced approach that combines AI’s strengths with human judgment is essential for maintaining national security integrity.

Cyber in Area Denial in Littoral Environments: Littoral environments, the areas where land meets sea, are increasingly contested as potential flashpoints for conflict. Adversaries seek to deny access, impede freedom of navigation, and project power in these complex battlegrounds. Cyber operations offer a means to disrupt adversary capabilities, gain an asymmetric advantage, and support conventional operations in these critical zones.

Using Cyber Operations to Achieve Cognitive Domain Impact: The information environment has become a contested battleground where state and non-state actors vie for control over narratives and perceptions. Disinformation, propaganda, and cyberattacks target the cognitive domain, seeking to undermine trust, sow division, and influence decision-making within nations. Foreign adversaries exploit vulnerabilities within social media platforms and emerging technologies to manipulate public opinion and disrupt democratic processes.

Chinese Activities in Kiribati: The island nation of Kiribati, located in the central Pacific Ocean, has recently become a focal point of geopolitical competition. China’s increasing activities in Kiribati, including infrastructure development, economic investments, and military presence, have raised concerns among the United States and its allies. Kiribati’s strategic location makes it an essential outpost for power projection and maritime dominance in the Pacific region.