by Keren Setton
JERUSALEM, July 13 (Xinhua) — « We are on the cusp of great things, » Nurit Cohen Inger, new chief data officer for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.
Inger is tasked with forming a strategic plan for how big data will be utilized in the IDF and how to incorporate as much Artificial Intelligence (AI) as possible, not only in the battlefield, but also in the army’s daily routine.
« The IDF needs to become data-driven, » she said. « We are bringing the digital age to the army. In order to be data-based for the military, we need to create apps, connect to the Internet and find complex multi-layered solutions. »
With sensors, cameras and other means supplying enormous amounts of data, the army wants to learn to take advantage of the wealth of information, she added.
« The strategy is about bringing operational benefits based on information, » Inger told Xinhua. « We want to give the IDF operational and cyber superiority through the information which will allow it to be better, more efficient and more effective. »
Inger said data analysts, engineers and scientists need to be trained for new roles that did not exist in the military until two years ago.