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The Urgency of the Moment for Congress on AI and National Security

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Congressional oversight of the intelligence community is critical if it is to keep pace with the nation's adversaries and provide accurate, timely, and impactful insights.

The executive branch has significant work to do to speed and scale AI into the intelligence community (IC): it must reform budget and acquisition processes, create an IC AI risk-assessment framework to encourage reasonable and informed risk-taking, and build an IC culture that supports innovation and accepts a level of failure.

But the intelligence community's success will be hard-fought and fleeting if its congressional oversight committees do not simultaneously re-examine their supervision of the IC.

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