(CentralNewYorkBusinessJournal) Rome Lab will secure funding as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is now designated as the quantum information science (QIS) research center for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.
“Rome Lab is truly a world class hub of high-tech research and innovation,” U.S. Representative Claudia Tenney (R–New Hartford) said. “The Lab’s new designation by the U.S. Air Force as a Quantum Information Science Research Center will open up new federal funding opportunities for Rome and further cement our region’s position as a leader in the critically important field of quantum technology. This win for our community is the result of continued collaboration between federal, state, and local officials who work closely with strong advocates like the CNY Defense Alliance.”
AFRL is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. AFRL’s Information Directorate is in Rome and known locally as Rome Lab.
“AFRL is extremely proud and has been long-recognized at the national level for its deep technical expertise in QIS with far-ranging applications including clocks and sensors for quantum-enhanced positioning, navigation and timing, quantum communications and networks, and quantum computing,” Pringle said. “This designation allows AFRL to expand its collaborations across government, industry and academia, further accelerating the research, development and deployment of quantum technologies.”
To support these efforts, Rome Lab will receive fiscal year 2020 funds, granted under the Defense Quantum Information Science Research and Development program and in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. Air Force said in a news release about the designation.
The funds help the Rome Lab obtain partnerships to gain further knowledge from worldwide leaders in quantum science application, Michael Hayduk, Information Directorate deputy director, said.