Gen. Jack Shanahan, Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
Lt. Gen. John N.T. “Jack” Shanahan is the Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, housed within the Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. Gen. Shanahan is responsible for accelerating the delivery of artificial intelligence-enabled capabilities, scaling the department-wide impact of AI, and synchronizing AI activities to expand joint force advantages.
Gen. Shanahan received his commission in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at the University of Michigan. He has served in a variety of flying, staff and command assignments, most recently as the Director for Defense Intelligence Warfighter Support, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He was also the Director of the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team (Project Maven), where he led the artificial intelligence pathfinder program charged with accelerating integration of big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Gen. Shanahan also served as the Commander, 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, where he led 30,000 personnel in worldwide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations and also served as the Commander of the Service Cryptologic Component. In this capacity he was the Air Force's sole authority for matters involving the conduct of cryptologic activities, including the spectrum of missions directly related to both tactical warfighting and national-level operations.
Gen. Shanahan holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College.