DOD Eyes Quantum Tech
March 13, 2020
The Defense Department is focusing a lot of effort on an array of technologies involving quantum science, but the department's chief technology officer says it's important to be realistic about timelines for the most fantastic applications of that technology — and to focus on what's plausible in the short term for best equipping the warfighter.
Quantum technology is important to the U.S. military, but DOD officials say the most spectacular realization of that technology is years away and the Department must focus on what’s possible now.
During testimony Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee,
Michael D. Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and
engineering, said quantum computing and quantum communication are not
beyond the boundaries of physics, but are still long-term prospects for
use in the department.
"First and foremost [are] quantum clocks to give us timekeeping,
precision, synchronized timekeeping and precision [that are] two, or
possibly even three, orders of magnitude better than we have today,"
Griffin told lawmakers. "That's critically important for maintaining
communications in a GPS-denied environment where we might have to fight
Griffin also said the department is focusing on modernizing space
architecture, both offensive and defensive hypersonics capabilities, and
microelectronics as priorities.