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The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has extended a contract with Palantir Technologies to deliver advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities.   

Through the one-year contract, worth $229m, the ARL seeks to equip all branches of the armed services, joint staff, and special forces within the Department of Defense (DoD) with key AI/ML technologies.

The latest contract follows a partnership between Palantir and the ARL in 2018 to deliver operational data and AI capabilities. Palantir’s platform has since handled the integration, management, and deployment of data and AI model training to all Armed Services and special operators worldwide.

Under the new contract, Palantir’s software will support soldiers, the data science community, and AI companies with AI/ML research and development within the DoD.

This will also allow the DoD to extend its capabilities to more mission areas.

The company’s open data standard architecture is expected to help troops assess advances in AI/ML to suit critical operational environments.

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By collaborating with partner vendors and operators on the front lines, Palantir’s software will continue to upgrade key capabilities.

Palantir USG president Akash Jain said: “By bringing leading AI/ML capabilities to all members of the armed services, the Department of Defense continues to maintain a leading edge through technology and by delivering best-in-class software to those on the frontlines.

“We are proud to partner with the Army Research Lab to deliver on their critical mission to support our nation’s armed forces.”

The US Army has selected as the sole source prime contractor to launch the Global Force Information Management (GFIM) system.

Under the nine-month contract worth $14.8m, the company, in partnership with Palantir Technologies, will introduce an intelligent automation platform.

As many as 14 legacy systems will be integrated into a single solution to support 160,000 army users with real-time data.