Air Force researchers consider quantum computing for sensors, communications, cyber, and other military uses

Jan. 22, 2021
Researchers will test quantum computing at an upcoming military exercise with Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A growing team of officials within the primary research and development center for the Air Force and Space Force is helping the U.S. inch closer to what could be life-altering science and technological breakthroughs via quantum computing. Defense One reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

22 Jan. 2020 -- Officials are looking to harness those quantum mechanical properties for areas like timing, sensors, communications, computing, and beyond. The potential is only beginning to come to light—and working to use and control subatomic particles at very fundamental points of nature is inexplicably complex.

Air Force experts are looking to quantum computing for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, and cyber. The Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., has developed quantum clocks and steered work in quantum communications and networking over the last decade.

The lab has focused on four major technical areas: quantum timing, quantum sensing, quantum communications and networking, and quantum computing. Lab officials need access to produce and test software and algorithms, and get a firm grasp on the types of problems that could be solvable via quantum computers.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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