Artificial Intelligence for Military Use Certificate - Curriculum 128 (DL)

Program Manager

Neil Rowe, Ph.D.

Code CS/Nr, Glasgow East, Room 328

(831) 656-2462, DSN 756-2462

Program Officer

Kehinde Adesanya "Kenny", LCDR, USN

Glasgow Hall East, Room E309

(732) 485-6203

Academic Associate

Duane Davis, Ph.D.

Glasgow Hall, Room 212


(831) 656-2733, DSN 756-2733


Brief Overview

This is a four-course sequence offered by distance learning (videoconferencing) in four successive quarters. Courses earn graduate-school credit. The goal is to provide military professionals and civilians with basic understanding of artificial-intelligence capabilities to enable good decisions on procurement, implementation, and application of artificial-intelligence technology. The focus is on the software concepts and technical details that can best support military operations and why. A bachelor’s degree is required. No technical background is required beyond high-school algebra. However, students must be prepared to encounter some new mathematics. Some laboratory exercises will use artificial-intelligence tools but will not require programming. This curriculum supports the Federal Training and Development of Artificial Intelligence program.

Lectures will be given by Zoom or Teams videoconferencing software. They can be viewed while they are given (and questions will be fielded), but lectures will also be recorded for later viewing by those who cannot attend them. No travel is required for this program. The certificate program will generally be offered in four successive quarters starting in the Spring quarter. It may be possible to start in the Summer quarter with the second course since it is independent of the first course. However, an organization sending a cohort of 20 or more students can choose another quarter for all of them to start.

Completion of the four courses yields an Academic Certificate in Artificial Intelligence for Military Use. The certificate requires about 360 hours of total work over the four courses, including lectures, readings, homework, and test preparation. The courses total 14 graduate credit hours, 8 at the 3000 (introductory graduate) level, and 6 at the 4000 (advanced graduate) level. Four credit hours means four lecture hours per week plus around six hours outside class per week. Students must be U.S. Federal government employees (including active-duty military) or Federal contractors.

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Program Length

Four quarters


  • Students can define the key concepts of artificial intelligence and correctly assess which apply to a given real-world problem.
  • Students can simulate, with paper and pencil, simple methods of artificial intelligence for logical reasoning, knowledge representation, probabilistic reasoning, and heuristic search.
  • Students can identify the key military applications of artificial intelligence including those involving sensors, signals, imagery, natural language, planning, and adversarial situations.
  • Students can identify key challenges and vulnerabilities of artificially intelligent systems including limitations on the abilities of particular underlying technologies, adversarial manipulation of examples presented to machine learning, and trust in artificially intelligent systems.

Course of Study

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CS4000Harnessing Artificial Intelligence



Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CS3331Basics of Applied Artificial Intelligence



Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CS3332Applied Machine Learning



Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CS4333Current Directions in Artificial Intelligence