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UK, US to Sign Accord on AI, Cybersecurity Cooperation

Royal Navy, US Navy, and tech industry leaders ready to commit to 'a framework for dialogue and cooperation' at inaugural meeting of the Atlantic Future Forum.

Military officials from the US and UK, as well as tech industry executives, will sign an accord today committing to the countries' cooperation on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. The agreement will be signed during the inaugural meeting of the Atlantic Future Forum, being held on the Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth while it is anchored in New York Harbor, off New York City.

At the forum's conclusion, attendees will be invited to add their signatures to the accord, the basis of which is, "The UK and US are committed to a framework for dialogue and cooperation in the field of Cyber and Artificial Intelligence to ensure that this special relationship remains the world leading partnership for cyber security, defence and Artificial Intelligence."

According to the Ministry of Defence, "This is a commitment from the UK and US to work with a new committee of our finest firms in cyber and artificial intelligence to ensure that the UK-US special relationship forever remains the world leading partnership for cyber security, defence and artificial intelligence."

If formed, this committee would next form a subcommittee of the UK Board of Trade and will be supported by the UK Department for International Trade. 

Among the event's speakers today are Gavin Williamson, UK Secretary of State for Defence; Rear Admiral David Hahn; Chris C. Demchak, Chief of Naval Research for the US Navy, and Director, Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute, US Naval War College; retired General Keith Alexander, CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity; Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security and executive chairman of the Chertoff Group; and the CIOs of the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence. 

Executives from Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Guardtime Services, BAE Systems, FireEye, Amazon Web Services, BP, BlackRock, Agorai, and CP Capital are also speaking at the event.

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