The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center has tapped Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH] for a five-year, $800 million task order to deliver AI-powered capabilities for use on the battlefield.

JAIC utilized the General Services Administration’s $50 billion Alliant 2 contract vehicle for the award, which is the center’s largest deal to date.

U.S. Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy and the Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T. Shanahan hold a roundtable meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

“The Joint Warfighting mission initiative will provide the Joint Force with AI-enabled solutions vital to improving operational effectiveness in all domains,” Air Force Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, director of JAIC, said in a statement. “This contract will be an important element as the JAIC increasingly focuses on fielding AI-enabled capabilities that meet the needs of the warfighter and decision-makers at every level.”

Booz Allen Hamilton is tasked with specifically supporting JAIC’s Joint Warfighting initiative by delivering AI-enabled capabilities “to support warfighting operations and be instrumental in embedding AI decision-making and analysis at all tiers of DoD operations.”

AI technologies to be delivered under the deal include tools for data labeling, data management, data conditioning, and capabilities to transition AI products into new and existing fielded programs. 

“The delivered AI products will leverage the power of DoD data to enable a transformational shift across the Department that will give the U.S. a definitive information advantage to prepare for future warfare operations,” GSA officials wrote in a statement.