(JPost.com) Israel is taking steps to ensure its military prowess with an investment in quantum technology. The Defense Ministry has announced a NIS 100 million investment in an innovative research fund focused on quantum computing. The project is a collaboration between the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT), the Higher Education Committee and the Israel Science Foundation, and will help enhance Israel’s intelligence gathering capacity.
Israel joins other nations in the global quantum technology race. Various countries–including the United States and China– are investing huge sums in developing the field. “. ..if we do not run forward, the State of Israel will be left behind,” said Prof. Yaffa Zilbershatz, chairwoman of the Council for Higher Education’s Planning and Budgeting Committee.
MAFAT head Brig.-Gen. (res.) Dr. Danny Gold said on Sunday that “Israel knows how to provide creative solutions to the complex challenges facing the defense establishment. “Israel, which has become a superpower in cyberspace, is looking at quantum as a strategic goal to become a major player in the global market,” he said.