NSTC Releases Document on National Quantum Information Science Strategy

The National Science and Technology Council recently released a document describing the government’s strategy to maintain and expand U.S. leadership in quantum information science.

The document, entitled “National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science,” identifies QIS as the field in which the next technological revolution will take place, and through which the U.S. “can improve its industrial base, create jobs, and provide economic and national security benefits.”

In pursuit of the national QIS strategy, the document proposes several recommendations grouped under six categories, namely: approaching QIS from a scientific perspective; creating a future workforce that is knowledgeable in QIS; fostering deeper connections between government, the QIS industry and other partners; providing infrastructure necessary for QIS R&D; pursuing economic growth and preserving national security; and promoting international cooperation in the field of QIS.

The NSTC document also acknowledges that the growth of QIS in the next ten years will likely bring about various challenges and underscores the need for the U.S. to “improve our capacity for cutting edge research and development, expand the QIS-literate workforce, and seamlessly coordinate between government, academic and private sector players.”

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