U.S. Quantum Programs in ‘Stovepipes’; China Centralizes Quantum Initiatives
(NationalDefenseMagazine) The Chinese Academy of Sciences wants to launch a number of micro and nano satellites over the next five years to create a quantum communications infrastructure. There are reports of advances in quantum radar, quantum imaging for remote sensing and quantum navigation, which can be used for guidance on future missiles, she added. While the United States has programs in stovepipes, China has established the centralized Beijing Academy of Quantum Information Sciences.
“China’s leaders recognize the strategic potential of quantum science and technology to enhance economic and military dimensions of national power,” said a September 2018 report by the Center for a New American Security penned by Elsa B. Kania and John Costello. And Chinese leaders have backed up their words with funding and manpower, said the report.
David Awschalom, director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange and Liew Family professor of molecular engineering, said China’s 2017 test of the Micius quantum-enabled communications satellite should have made the U.S. government realize it had to “up its game.”