(FedScoop) The U.S. military will soon partner with key allies to research how quantum information science could improve its navigation and location systems, a senior Air Force official said.
Michael Hayduk, chief of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Computing and Communications Division, told the Defense Innovation Board that the service’s strategy to embrace quantum information science (QIS) includes an upcoming joint exercise between Air Force, Army, Navy and key allies, like the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Hayduk said the partners would detail the quantum “challenge program” in September.
While quantum computing gets much of the attention, QIS includes other applications — providing more secure communications, precision navigation and timekeeping, for instance.
Hayduk said the Air Force sees the most rapid advancement around timing and sensing, with the possibility of establishing experimental technology within the next decade.