David M. Barnes

Research Associate

Background

COL Dave Barnes, PhD is Professor, United States Military Academy (USMA) and Deputy Head of the Department of English and Philosophy. He serves as the Chief AI Ethics Officer for the US Army's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force, advising the Army on incorporating ethics, law, and policy into Army AI design, development, testing, and employment, and in this capacity has provided assistance to the Joint AI Center, Defense  Innovation Board, National Security Commission on AI, OSD Autonomy Community of Interest, and others. COL Barnes has served for over 30 years as an Armor officer in the US and abroad, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. His research interests include the ethics of war and the ethics of emerging technology, especially AI. He is a DARPA Senior AI Ethics Advisor, a Senior Advisor for the JAIC Responsible AI Subcommittee, and a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. He is a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of Military Ethics and on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Military Ethics (ISME). He is the author of The Ethics of Military Privatization: The US Armed Contractor Phenomenon. Barnes will focus on the following questions: How do we include more diverse, rigorous, and meaningful conversation surrounding the responsible design, development, and deployment of AI systems among government, industry and academia? And, what are existing best practices and current gaps to bring aspirational AI ethics principles into practice throughout the AI lifecycle?