Request for Information (RFI) Release

  • By: JAIC Public Affairs
Request for Information (RFI) Release

In May, the Deputy Secretary of Defense executed a memorandum outlining the Department of Defense's commitment to responsible AI. In this memo, she outlined tenets to advance and operationalize the DoD's AI Ethic's Principles. With an objective to build a trusted ecosystem of AI tools and subject matter expertise, the tenets outlined in the memo will enable the Department to enhance military capabilities and build confidence with our workforce, warfighters, and the American public by utilizing AI in a responsible manner.

To begin this work, the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI), through it's AI procurement initiative, Tradewind, calling on responsible AI subject matter experts and organizations to provide input on knowledge, tools, services, and solutions the Department can leverage to expedite the adoption of the tenets. Open from June 22 through to July 14, 2021, we recognize the importance of creating safeguards across the entire AI lifecycle. The memo emphasizes the need to procure, design, develop, utilize, and deploy Artificial Intelligence capabilities, including AI-enabled autonomous capabilities, in a safe and trustworthy way. Information gleaned from the RFI will ensure we are aware of all the best practices and best of breed solutions available to us to ensure this happens.

It is anticipated that this RFI process will help to inform future acquisition and advisory services, to gather knowledge for planning and staffing, as well as to identify subject matter experts who can provide expertise for Department-wide efforts or for specific military service needs.

This RFI is open to both organizations and individuals with RAI subject matter expertise and experience, whether they are from the public, private, not-for-profit, or academic sectors. It seeks information in nine categories-from governance assessment, to education and training, to research and development. All responses regarding specific addresses of how your tools and best practices have contributed to the success of a responsible AI program or initiative are welcome.

While this information will provide the JAIC with important market research, it will provide an opportunity for all individuals and organizations operating in this emerging space to share their interests and capabilities. As all nations look to advance their understanding and use of AI systems we encourage you to share your knowledge to help create an environment of trust, safety, security, and fairness.

Details on the RFI can be found at: