(UnitedPressInternational) Two senators are seeking to direct a chunk of this year’s defense budget to quantum computing. U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and John Thune, R-S.D., have sponsored legislation that would direct funding to the Pentagon to further development of quantum computers.
The move also aims to modernize the defense department and increase the general security by directing more of the defense budget to training quantum computer engineers.
The request comes as the Biden administration recently unveiled a defense budget seeking $753 billion.
The defense industry has been eyeing the area for some time, as powerful quantum computers can break current encryption capabilities and make secure communications difficult.
In addition to an upheaval in the defense industry, market analysts have said the computing technology will shorten research and development times considerably for those in such fields as pharmaceutical development and greatly increase business analysis capabilities.
In 2018, the National Quantum Initiative Act was signed into law, which devoted resources to quantum computing.