UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed recently new defence spending of £16.5 billion, some of which will be allocated for a National Cyber Force, for a Space Command and for an agency dedicated to AI.
The National Cyber Force (NCF) has been revealed to be in place since April 2020 and that it will provide a unified operational command for personal from the Ministry of Defence, GCHQ, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).
The NCF will help to prevent terrorists from being able to communicate with their contacts, prevent the internet from being used as a global platform for serious crimes such as fraud and sexual abuse and finally, it will help keep UK military aircraft safe from being targeted by hostile weapons systems.
The Royal Air Force Space Command will be in charge of launching British satellites and the first UK rocket from Scotland in 2022. It will also protect the UK’s interests in space and control the UK’s first satellite launched from a UK rocket by 2022.
Not much was revealed about the new AI agency, but Mr Johnson announced the purchase of a new fighter system, exploiting AI and drone technology to defeat any adversary in air-to-air combat.