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AI, Connectivity, and Edge Computing: Highlights from Dan Wright on 'Arsenal of Democracy'

In the recent "Arsenal of Democracy" podcast, Dan Wright, co-founder and CEO of Armada, shared insights on the potential of AI, connectivity, and edge computing for national security and beyond. With the technological landscape evolving quickly, Wright emphasized the importance of innovative solutions that keep the United States competitive.

Reflecting on the advancements in artificial intelligence, Wright highlighted the urgency to lead in this field. "We're in an existential moment," he explained. "We have to figure out how we're going to win on AI. There's no option to get second place." He highlighted how collaboration between government and technology leaders is crucial for achieving this goal. 

Empowering Decision-Making with Edge Computing

Wright elaborated on the importance of edge computing in transforming modern warfare and emergency response. "Wars are not being fought the way they were fought 50 or 100 years ago," Wright noted, emphasizing how technology like drones, autonomous vehicles, and AI-driven insights are increasingly becoming central to tactical operations. "Armada is sort of like AI in a box. We are bringing full-stack compute infrastructure to very remote hostile locations wherever it's needed... to enable better decision-making, better tactical response."

Breaking the Connectivity Barrier with Starlink

Armada's collaboration with SpaceX's Starlink has opened new possibilities for connectivity in remote and challenging environments. "Starlink really is a game changer for some of these more remote locations," Wright noted, explaining how the combination of Starlink's satellite internet and Armada's edge computing solutions allows companies to make real-time decisions with AI where connectivity was previously impossible.

The Shift Toward a Distributed Future

Discussing the broader shift in computing paradigms, Wright pointed out that traditional centralized computing isn't sufficient to meet modern needs. "The future is distributed," he asserted, referencing the growing importance of edge computing. "The data is going to be generated in all these locations all over the world... and you have distributed infrastructure to process it all." This distributed approach enables faster decision-making by allowing data to be processed closer to where it's generated. 

Leveraging AI for Tactical Decision-Making

Dan Wright emphasized the vital role AI plays in modern military strategy and decision-making. "AI is, by its very nature, real-time," Wright said. "It's providing decision intelligence that can be used in real-time in important tactical decision-making." This capability is essential on the battlefield, where "split seconds matter in that type of environment." Armada's solutions bring AI to the edge, enabling faster data processing and quicker, more informed decisions in the heat of action.

AI at the Edge: A Critical Intersection

Wright underscored the significance of deploying AI at the edge, especially in remote and hostile environments. "Edge computing has been around for a long time, but now it's happening," he said. By combining AI's capabilities with edge computing, Armada enables organizations to harness real-time data for mission-critical operations where it's most needed. "We bring the ability to process the data from all of those things as part of highly resilient infrastructure," Wright noted, enabling better decision-making in remote, challenging locations.

Industry AI Use Cases

Dan Wright highlighted the immense potential of applying AI and edge computing to industries like mining, oil, and gas. He emphasized how AI can accelerate exploration processes and enhance safety in mining operations. "You can use AI and hyperspectral data to identify the best place to mine much faster, in months rather than years," he said. This technology not only speeds up exploration but also reduces risks and improves operational efficiency. Similarly, in oil and gas operations, the real-time data processing made possible by AI at the edge ensures safer and more efficient workflows, allowing companies to detect and respond to issues swiftly, ultimately improving productivity and safety in these critical sectors. 

Dan Wright’s Visit to Washington, D.C.

During his visit to Washington, D.C., Wright attended the Hill in the Valley Forum, a gathering focused on the intersection of technology and national security. "This is the third year I've been at the Hill in the Valley," he said. "Great to see it continue to grow." The forum brought together leading minds in technology and government to discuss the challenges and opportunities in AI and national security. Wright emphasized the importance of aligning strategies across the public and private sectors to tackle emerging challenges, saying, "We have to organize ourselves and make sure that we come out ahead." 

These insights from Dan Wright highlight how Armada is addressing the emerging needs in technology, connectivity, and national security through innovative solutions that leverage AI, edge computing, and strategic collaboration.

To hear more from Dan Wright, you can listen to the full podcast here. To learn more about Armada and the future of edge computing, visit