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AI Transformation at the DOD: A Conversation with Chief Digital and AI Officer, Dr. Radha Plumb

July 15, 2024 • 1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT

The CSIS Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies is pleased to host Dr. Radha Plumb, Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer at the Department of Defense (DOD). This event will be livestreamed on July 15 at 1:30 PM ET. Dr. Plumb will be joined by Gregory C. Allen, Director of the Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies at CSIS.

The conversation will focus on the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO)'s current role at the DOD and a preview of its upcoming projects. The CDAO was established in 2022 to create, implement, and steer the DOD’s digital transformation and adoption of AI. Under Dr. Plumb’s leadership, the CDAO recently announced a new initiative, Open Data and Applications Government-owned Interoperable Repositories (DAGIR), which will open a multi-vendor ecosystem connecting DOD end users with innovative software solutions. Dr. Plumb will discuss the role of Open DAGIR and a series of other transformative projects currently underway at the CDAO.

Dr. Plumb was appointed to run the CDAO in April of this year. Prior to leading the CDAO, Dr. Plumb served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (DUSD(A&S)) where she oversaw contract administration, logistics and materiel readiness, and the defense industrial base, among other areas of focus. Before entering public service, Dr. Plumb worked as the Director of Research and Insights for Trust & Safety at Google and Global Head of Policy Analysis at Facebook.

This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.  


Radha Plumb

Radha Plumb

Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, Department of Defense