Senator Rob PortmanR-Ohio, a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that the upper house’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023 includes 13 of his top priorities. .
One of these priorities is the creation of a pilot program at the Ministry of Defense to train artificial intelligence data libraries to support the development of intelligence software and related technologies and ensure companies have access to the accurate data needed to meet DOD requirements, the Senate panel said Wednesday.
Portman also introduced measures that would propose technical improvements to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s licensing status and facilitate the sharing of cybersecurity and counterintelligence data between the executive branch and Congress.
The defense authorization bill includes a provision that would ensure that products funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate are produced in the United States.
“At a time when our country faces significant security threats from around the world, these provisions will help ensure that our local, state and federal government has all the resources necessary to detect and deter risks, whether they come from cyberattacks, terrorism and violent extremism, or weapons of mass destruction,” Portman said.
“In addition, the included legislation will ensure that government products funded by American taxpayers are made in the United States, guaranteeing well-paying jobs for American citizens,” he added.