AI Utilized by US Forces to Identify Hostile Targets in the Middle East

On February 29, it was reported that artificial intelligence (AI) systems were used to identify Houthi emplacements for targeting. These emplacements ranged from underground weapons storage facilities to air defense systems and radars. 

According to Steven Feldstein, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, AI can “aggregate bulk information and identify targets and locations”.

The Houthis are a Yemen-based and Iran-backed terror group that has recently been attacking cargo ships and naval assets of the US, UK, and their allies in support of the Palestinian cause. 

The US has engaged in retaliatory airstrikes against the Houthis in light of their attacks on international shipping and due to the death of 3 US service members in Iraq from an attack by an Iranian-backed militia.