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Senators push quantum computing at DoD

April 16, 2021

Senators push quantum computing at DoD

Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and John Thune, R-S.D., are the QUANTUM for National Security Act, which would impact the Pentagon, and the Quantum Network Infrastructure and Workforce Development Act. The bill Thune is leading would, according to a summary, boost quantum information science in federal research efforts, American school curricula and in workforce development. Hassan’s bill would largely tap existing partnerships, scholarships, and research programs within the DoD, but add a focus on quantum computing. The proposed bill is also intended to add Defense Department research efforts into the National Quantum Initiative, a program Washington established in 2018 to accelerate quantum research and development. On the flip side, adversaries with quantum capabilities will be able to communicate securely without fear of interception by the U.S., unless it achieves its own quantum computer. It would also add quantum quantum science and technology research to the list of Defense Department modernization priorities. The initiative is already made up of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation and Energy Department.

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