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Our Mission

MIT and the Department of the Air Force aim to create a state-of-the-art, end-to-end, sustainable pipeline for Artificial Intelligence technology to give the United States a competitive advantage in the defense and civilian sectors. The AI Accelerator leverages universities, small businesses, traditional defense, and non-traditional commercial ventures, collaborating with the Air Force and Space Force to develop and ensure the ethical use of AI technologies for society and the nation.

The AI Accelerator Story

In February 2019, the President of the United States signed Executive Order 13859 announcing the American AI Initiative—the nation’s strategy on Artificial Intelligence. He wrote, “Continued American leadership in Artificial Intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States.”

The Department of the Air Force subsequently signed a cooperative agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to jointly create an Artificial Intelligence Accelerator hosted at MIT. The effort, known as the USAF-MIT AI Accelerator, leverages the combined expertise and resources of MIT and the Department of the Air Force. The AI Accelerator conducts fundamental research to enable rapid prototyping, scaling, and the ethical application of AI algorithms and systems to advance both the Department of the Air Force and society in general.  A multidisciplinary team of embedded officers and enlisted Airmen join MIT faculty, researchers, and students to tackle some of the most difficult challenges facing our nation and the Department of the Air Force, ranging from the technical to the humanitarian.

In January of 2020, the AI Accelerator launched ten interdisciplinary projects, involving researchers from MIT Campus, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and the Department of the Air Force. The three-year projects, which encompass a total of 15 research workstreams, advance AI research in a broad range of areas, including weather modeling and visualization, optimization of training schedules, and enhance autonomy for augmenting and amplifying human decision-making.

The AI Accelerator’s historic partnership embraces a robust and ongoing dialogue with America’s leading academics and technologists to help guide an AI future for the Department of Air Force that reflects our nation’s values.

TEAM

MIT Director, AI Accelerator

Tucker

Col Tucker "Cinco" Hamilton, USAF

F-35 Pilot

USAF Director, AI Accelerator

MIT Faculty Director, AI Accelerator

John Radovan

Maj John Radovan, USAF

Weather Officer

USAF Deputy Director, AI Accelerator

Michael Kanaan

Maj Michael Kanaan, USAF

Intelligence Officer

Director of Operations, AI Accelerator

David Jacobs

Maj David Jacobs, USAF

Judge Advocate General (JAG)

Chief Legal Counsel, AI Accelerator

Christian Prothmann

Christian Prothmann, MIT

MIT Program Director, AI Accelerator

Shannon Mann

Lt Col Shannon Mann, USAF

Public Affairs Officer

Marketing Manager, AI Accelerator

Gene Keselman

Lt Col Gene Keselman, USAF

Space Officer

IMA to the Director, AI Accelerator

Josh Phifer

Lt Col Josh Phifer, USAF

F-22 Pilot

Director of Technology Development, AI Accelerator

Jonathan Hudgins

Maj Jonathan Hudgins, USAF

F-15E Pilot

Chief of Technology Integration, AI Accelerator

Ronisha Carter

Capt Ronisha Carter, USAF

Cyberspace Operations Officer

Air Force Project Liaison, AI Accelerator

Lindsey McEvoy

Capt Lindsey McEvoy, USAF

Operations Research Analyst

Air Force Project Liaison, AI Accelerator

Kyle McAlpin

Capt Kyle "Gouge" McAlpin, USAF

C-17 Pilot

Air Force Project Liaison, AI Accelerator

Kyle Palko​

Capt Kyle Palko​, USAF

Operations Research Analyst

Air Force Project Liaison, AI Accelerator

Victor

Capt Victor, USAF

Pilot

Air Force Project Liaison, AI Accelerator

Allan Vanterpool

TSgt Allan Vanterpool, USAF

Cyberspace Warfare Operator

Air Force Project Liaison, AI Accelerator

Armando Cabrera

TSgt Armando Cabrera, USAF

Geospatial Intel Analyst

Air Force Project Liaison, AI Accelerator