Why do military quantum technologies matter?

By Sandra Helsel posted 22 Apr 2022

(IsraelHomelandSecurity) U.S., British and Australian officials already signed a defense agreement (AUKUS) at the end of last year, which includes intelligence, cyber, quantum technology, and military equipment cooperation. IQT-News shares a recent blog from Israel Home Security that discusses in broad terms the implications of quantum technologies use in the military.

When it comes to navigating, gathering intelligence, and even making weapons, the application of quantum physics principles may give the Defense Alliance a distinct advantage over other countries. Quantum technologies are expected to be increasingly used by military forces in the future, but their exact impact is still difficult to predict. There are some people who believe quantum computing will revolutionize technology like the first microprocessor did.

Scientists’ advances and new discoveries directly affect quantum technologies. Therefore, Australia is collaborating with industry, academia, and government research agencies to explore the potential of quantum technologies for defense. According to asiapacificdefencereporter.com, the initiative will eventually result in the development of prototype systems that will demonstrate how quantum systems can be utilized for security.

The integration of quantum technologies currently represents one of the most anticipated advances for armed forces, yet their precise impact remains difficult to predict. Although economic applications are now increasing, there is little doubt that they will have a disruptive effect when they are employed more widely as per asiapacificdefencereporter.com

There are many military applications of quantum technology including metrology, simulation, imaging, sensing, timing, stealth, computing, weapons, communications, data encryption, and analyzing encrypted messages.

 

Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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