Defense Primer: Quantum Technology [Updated May 6, 2022]   [open pdf - 529KB]

From the Document: "Quantum technology translates the principles of quantum physics into technological applications. In general, quantum technology has not yet reached maturity; however, it could hold significant implications for the future of military sensing, encryption, and communications, as well as for congressional oversight, authorizations, and appropriations. [...] Congress has considered the management and implications of quantum technology. For example, Section 234 of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (P.L. 115-232) directs the Secretary of Defense--acting through the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering--to execute a quantum technology research and development program in coordination with the private sector and other government agencies. Furthermore, Section 220 of the FY2020 NDAA (P.L. 116- 92) requires DOD to develop ethics guidelines for the use of quantum technologies, as well as plans for supporting the quantum workforce and reducing the cybersecurity risks associated with quantum technologies. It additionally authorizes the Secretary of each military department to establish Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers that may 'engage with appropriate public and private sector organizations' to advance quantum research. To date, the Navy has designated the Naval Research Laboratory as its QIS Research Center, while the Air Force has designated the Air Force Research Laboratory as a QIS Research Center for both the Air Force and Space Force. The Army says it does not plan to establish a QIS Research Center at this time."

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CRS In Focus, IF11836
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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