Inside Quantum Technology

Rand Corporation Assesses U.S. and Chinese Industrial Bases in Quantum Technology

Jordan Smith, a MeriTalk Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology, reviews a recent RAND Corporation report “An Assessment of the U.S. and Chinese Industrial Bases in Quantum Technology,” was completed by developing “a set of flexible and broadly applicable metrics for assessing a nation’s quantum industrial base, broadly defined, that attempt to quantify the strength of the nation’s scientific research, government activity, private industry activity, and technical achievement.” Inside Quantum Technology summarize here for our readers:

According to Smith, RAND found:

Also according to Smith, RAND made several recommendations for US policymakers in strengthening quantum, including:

  • Continue providing a broad base of government R&D support across quantum, complementing the most active areas of private investment;
  • Monitor quantum programs of key U.S. quantum technologies firms;
  • Monitor the financial health and ownership of quantum start-ups;
  • Monitor international flows of key elements of the industrial base, like critical components and materials, skilled workers, and final quantum technology products;
  • Don’t impose export controls on quantum computers or quantum communications; and
  • Periodically reassess the rapidly changing quantum industrial base.
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