(RomeSentinel) Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22, Utica, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, questioned Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and other top military officials during a recent committee hearing about the role quantum research will play in future defense efforts.
Last year, Brindisi sought to secure funding to establish a Quantum Information Science (QIS) Innovation Center at Rome Lab. Brindisi helped secured an $8 million investment for the QIS Innovation Center and an additional $5 million for quantum science research
“Our ability to compete against great powers, and especially against China with their use of technology and their trajectory in development will not be possible without using quantum capabilities, without A.I., and without the kind of leadership that the Rome Labs have demonstrated,” Barrett testified. “We will lean upon the product of those labs long into the future. They are quintessentially pivotal to our future.”
Additionally, Brindisi urged the Air Force to invest in research and development and partner with private companies to ensure American supremacy.