Use of IT is key for Ukrainian military – ex-Google CEO — Analysis

Elon Musk’s satellite internet and AI-powered analysis of tips from civilians are key for Kiev, Eric Schmidt said

After returning from Kiev, Eric Schmidt, a former Google executive said that the West’s assistance in IT technology plays an important role in Ukraine fighting Russia.

Schmidt is close to US security and has praised the Ukrainian government’s ability to quickly move government information into cloud-enabled services. Russia’s attack in late February “gave everybody a political excuse to do the right thing,”Agence France Press (AFP) cited him as saying it Monday.

Elon Musk was also highly praised by the tech entrepreneur for sending Starlink equipment from America to Kiev. It ensures that civilian and military officers in Ukraine can access reliable internet. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is “genuinely a hero here,”Schmidt spoke.

Musk claimed previously that he was responsible for defeating Russian cyberattacks which were aimed at disrupting Starlink access to Ukrainian users. The ground equipment necessary for getting internet through Starlink satellites was reportedly contracted by the Pentagon, though Musk implied that he’d donated it.

Schmidt explained that citizens in Ukraine were offered an opportunity to send intelligence data to their smartphones by the government. Schmidt said the AI-powered programs are currently analysing these tips to assist in acquiring targets for Ukrainian warplanes.

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US officials claimed previously that US intelligence and other NATO countries played an important role in organizing the Ukrainian military offensive last week in northeastern Kharkov Region. Kiev claimed to have retaken some 6,000 kilometers of Russian land. Moscow admitted that it had pulled troops back to regroup.

Schmidt was a high-ranking Google executive and held important advisory posts in various bodies related to the US security apparatus. As the Chair of the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, and as the Chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, Schmidt served.

He visited Kiev last week and attended the Yalta European Strategy forum in Kiev, according to photos of him posted by several top Ukrainian officials, including Ukraine’s Digital Transformation Minister Mikhail Fedorov.

In 2018, Google faced revolt from its employees over its contract for AI technology to analyze drone strike footage. After some soul-searching and some internal turmoil, the company now faces stiff competition from Amazon and Microsoft to secure lucrative defense contracts. Thomas Kurian, the current CEO of the company, announced that he would create a separate division to provide government job opportunities earlier in this year.

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