The search giant's senior vice president for global affairs said Tuesday that the firm currently has contracts with the Pentagon to work on cybersecurity, business automation and deepfake detection, and would like to have more, reports DefenseOne.
"It's been frustrating," Kent Walker said at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Conference in reference to perceptions that the company is against working on these issues.
Walker reportedly said that Google is “fully engaged" in various types of work with different Defense Department agencies.
“As we take on those kinds of things, we are eager to do more, [and are] pursuing actively additional certifications” to provide cloud services for classified data and other services, he added.
DefenseOne reports that Walker said the withdrawal was actually focused on “a discrete contract, not a broader statement about our willingness or our history about working with the Department of Defense.”
He explained that Google had decided “to press the reset button until an opportunity [came] to develop our own set of AI principles, our own work on internal standards and review processes."