Fortune 500 federal contractor Leidos disclosed on the last day of July that it was forming a strategic partnership with Microsoft to bring artificial-intelligence solutions to public-sector customers. Over the last several years, every major defense contractor has pursued partnerships and other arrangements aimed at making AI an integral part of product offerings. Leidos has some advantages in this race because it was already concentrated in digital modernization, cybersecurity, mission software and the like. But whether a traditional Pentagon supplier like Northrop Grumman or a non-traditional one like Leidos, it’s clear that AI has become a core product offering of the defense industry. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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