(DaytonDailyNews) Quantum technology was one of the 13 technologies displayed and discussed by scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Department of Defense Lab Day April 25 in the Pentagon center courtyard.
This biennial event highlights the innovative research and development work led by groups within the Defense Laboratory Enterprise, which includes defense laboratories, warfare centers and engineering centers. Technology exhibitors included the U.S. Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the medical community, while other groups promoted educational initiatives and scholarship opportunities. AFRL employees presented various technologies that address current and future military needs to attendees, which included Pentagon employees, members of Congress, congressional staffers, members of the media and STEM (science, technology engineering and math) students.
Dr. Michael Fanto, an AFRL physicist, detailed how quantum science will be a disruptive and groundbreaking technology area for the warfighter.“We’re solving some of the engineering challenges now, and it’s really exciting,” he said.Quantum science will enhance data encryption and information processing, both of which are critical capabilities for the DOD, according to Fanto.