AFRL Designated as Quantum Information Science Research Center
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AFRL Designated as Quantum Information Science Research Center

Air Force Research Laboratory
 
USAF's Air Force Research Laboratory is now designated as the Quantum Information Science Research Center for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.


This designation, signed by then-Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth in an April 23 memorandum, gives AFRL the authority to achieve faster military capability based on quantum information science, said AFRL commander Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle.


“AFRL is extremely proud, and has been long-recognized at the national level for its deep technical expertise in QIS with far-ranging applications including clocks and sensors for quantum-enhanced positioning, navigation and timing, quantum communications, and networks, and quantum computing,” Pringle said. “This designation allows AFRL to expand its collaborations across government, industry, and academia, further accelerating the research, development, and deployment of quantum technologies.”


To support these efforts, AFRL’s Information Directorate, located in Rome, New York, will receive the fiscal year 2020 funds, granted under the Defense Quantum Information Science Research and Development Program and by the National Defense Authorization Act. The funds help the Rome Lab obtain partnerships to gain further knowledge from worldwide leaders in quantum science application, said Dr. Michael Hayduk, Information Directorate deputy director.


Shown is a cryogenic refrigerator installed in the Quantum Information and Sciences Laboratory at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. The device is used by AFRL researchers to measure the energy and coherence times of superconducting quantum bits, known as qubits, two important characteristics that determine how long qubits can retain quantum information. (Courtesy photo)

Shown is a cryogenic refrigerator installed in the Quantum Information and Sciences Laboratory at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. The device is used by AFRL researchers to measure the energy and coherence times of superconducting quantum bits, known as qubits, two important characteristics that determine how long qubits can retain quantum information. (Courtesy photo by USAF)


“With this designation, AFRL fully intends to further advance the application of quantum technologies across the Department of the Air Force,” Hayduk said. “AFRL will expand its global network of QIS collaborators by tapping into both industrial and university expertise. These partnerships are critical in not only accelerating the deployment of QIS technologies but also in developing the future workforce needed to meet emerging national security challenges.”


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In 2020, during the last leg of the Trump Administration, the United States announced its intention to invest $765 million over the next 5 years in a dozen scientific centers dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science (QIS), such as quantum computing. Numerous private tech companies such as IBM, Google, and Intel will also contribute to the twin pushes, which call for a total of more than $1 billion in research investment.


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