DNI Nominee Wants More Investments in Quantum Tech
(Meritalk) Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, the Trump administration’s nominee for Director of National Intelligence (DNI), told the Senate Intelligence Committee today he is worried about the lack of investments the U.S. is making in quantum computing technologies relative to those being made by China.
“One of the things I am most concerned about is investments toward quantum computing,” said Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, the president’s pick to lead the 17 Intelligence Community (IC) agencies. “If China gets to quantum first, we’re in trouble,” he said at the Senate committee’s hearing on his nomination.
“We’re radically underinvesting,” said Sasse, adding that a lot of the work of the work being done by Cyber Command and NSA will become “obsolete, if the quantum race is won by China.”
Fellow Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd, a former CIA officer, authored an editorial of support for Ratcliffe Tuesday, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, author of the 2004 law that created the DNI position, said she was convinced Ratcliffe met the statutory standard for the position.