DOD to probe threats of quantum computing to national security, such as the ability to crack encryption

Jan. 25, 2021
Quantum computing may enable adversaries to decrypt unclassified, classified, or sensitive information, and target U.S. military operations.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) must determine the national security threat posed by quantum computing, as part of the new annual defense policy law. reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

25 Jan. 2020 -- The fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which became law New Year’s Day after the Senate overrode President Donald Trump’s veto, contained a provision that directed the department to assess the current and potential threats and risks posed by quantum computing technologies to critical national security systems.

Powerful quantum computers pose a danger to national security because they may be able to break current encryption capabilities, meaning secure communications under current systems will be nearly impossible.

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. Quantum computing is the use of quantum phenomena such as superposition and entanglement to perform computation.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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