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Turner and Himes Lead Intelligence Committee Trip to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

CAMBRIDGE, MASS., September 27, 2023
  • HPSCI Bipartisan Photo at MIT with Dean 2023

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) and Ranking Member Jim Himes (CT-04) visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with eight of their fellow committee members. Chairman Turner and Ranking Member Himes were joined by Representatives Rick Crawford (AR-01), Darin LaHood (IL-16), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Austin Scott (GA-08), French Hill (AR-02), Mike Waltz (FL-06), Ami Bera (CA-06), and Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06). The purpose of the trip was to meet with Professor Anantha P. Chandrakasan, Dean of MIT’s School of Engineering, Professor Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean of MIT’s Schwarzman College of Computing, and other MIT faculty members to learn more about artificial intelligence and technological innovation in the context of U.S. national security. The members were able to speak with some of MIT’s leading professors and hear about cutting-edge technology and how it will impact our nation’s future.

“As artificial intelligence and quantum computing continue to reshape the world, it is crucial for lawmakers to have a better understanding of their implications and potential,” said Chairman Mike Turner and Ranking Member Jim Himes. “Our bipartisan trip serves as a testament to the House Intelligence Committee’s dedication to bridging the knowledge gap and ensuring that Congress is prepared to address the challenges and opportunities that will arise. With countries like Russia and China investing in these technologies, the United States needs to harness the full potential of both AI and quantum computing to drive economic growth, enhance national security, and improve the daily lives of Americans. Thank you to MIT for arranging for our committee to meet with experts in the field and helping foster a bipartisan conversation on the importance of technology-focused policy and research.”

Chairman Mike Turner speaks alongside Dean Anantha Chandrakasan, Ranking Member Jim Himes, and Rep. Rick Crawford, Chairman of the CIA Subcommittee.

Ranking Member Jim Himes addresses members of MIT’s faculty.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the National Intelligence Enterprise Subcommittee, and Rep. Mike Waltz participate in a roundtable discussion with members of MIT’s faculty.

Rep. Darin LaHood, Chairman of the National Security Agency & Cyber Subcommittee, looks on as fellow HPSCI members discuss artificial intelligence policy and research.

Pictured above (left to right): Dean Anantha Chandrakasan, Rep. Ami Bera, Rep. Rick Crawford.

Pictured above (left to right): Rep. French Hill, Rep. Austin Scott.

Pictured above: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, Ranking Member of the Defense Intelligence & Overhead Architecture Subcommittee.

Key points discussed by committee members during the trip included:

National Security: Recognizing the vital connection between AI and national security, Chairman Turner and Ranking Member Himes highlighted the need for Congress to stay ahead of emerging threats. They called for a comprehensive approach to AI research and development, ensuring that the United States maintains its technological edge.

Bipartisanship: The event highlighted the bipartisan nature of HPSCI and AI policy. Leaders from both sides of the aisle expressed their shared commitment to fostering innovation and ensuring that America remains at the forefront of AI technology.

Economic Prosperity: Chairman Turner and Ranking Member Himes stressed the critical role AI plays in bolstering economic prosperity. AI technologies have the potential to spur innovation, create high-quality jobs, and increase productivity across various industries.

Over the past year, House Intelligence Committee members have engaged academic experts in various fields, including AI, from universities across the country, such as Stanford University and the University of Mississippi. This week’s visit continues the committee’s outreach to experts beyond the Intelligence Community.