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DOD Secretary Nominee Gen. Lloyd Austin Talks Pandemic Response, Military Alliances at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin, a retired U.S. Army general and President Biden’s nominee for the defense secretary post, said his top priorities once confirmed would be to address the COVID-19 pandemic, counter extremism within the U.S. and reaffirm military alliances with countries in the Indo-Pacific amid China’s aggression. Gen. Austin expressed support to the Department of Defense’s proactive cybersecurity approach called “defend forward.”

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Michael Hayduk on Air Force Research Lab’s Quantum Initiatives

Michael Hayduk

Michael Hayduk, deputy director of the information directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), said AFRL has launched several initiatives focused on advancing quantum information science. He said the lab awarded 23 Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II contracts worth approximately $35 million to 15 small businesses in December 2020 for projects spanning AFRL’s four QIS technical areas. 

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AFRL Picks 17 Research Grantees for Quantum Computing Tech Accelerator; Shery Welsh Quoted

Shery Welsh

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded 17 research grants to U.S. and international participants as part of the lab’s tech accelerator program with a focus on quantum-based communications, computing, sensing and timing. Shery Welsh, director of AFOSR, said the tech accelerator serves as entry point for identifying researchers seeking to address issues beyond traditional quantum information science.

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Report: Chinese Scientists Develop Quantum Computer Prototype

Quantum Computing

A team of Chinese scientists created a quantum computer prototype that can carry out computations 100T times faster than the world's fastest supercomputer and 10B times faster than Google’s 53-qubit quantum computer, China’s state-run news agency. The team said the technology could be applied in areas such as quantum chemistry, graph theory and machine learning.

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DISA Eyes Quantum-Resistant Computing Efforts in FY 21

Quantum Computing

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is looking to employ encryption concepts that could help protect defense systems against quantum threats. DISA plans to collaborate with the National Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on quantum-resistant encryption efforts and could release solicitations to support the initiative.

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NSA, Army to Launch Quantum Info Science Lab for Collaborative R&D Programs

Quantum Computing

The National Security Agency (NSA) has partnered with the U.S. Army Research Office to establish a laboratory that will house collaborative research and development efforts involving quantum information science. NSA said Thursday that its Laboratory for Physical Sciences is partnering with the Army to launch the LPS Qubit Collaboratory (LQC) in line with goals under the National Quantum Initiative.

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Maria Roat: Zero Trust, Quantum Concepts Key to Fortifying Federal Systems

Maria Roat

Maria Roat, deputy federal chief information officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said that federal agencies need to evolve their systems to ensure their capacity to handle quantum technologies and withstand emerging threats. “Even as I’m modernizing some of our old systems, our legacy systems, I have to make sure that our current systems as well are keeping up,” noted Roat. 

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Maria Roat, Deputy Federal CIO, Discusses Federal IT Modernization

Maria Roat

Maria Roat, deputy federal chief information officer (CIO) and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed how developing emerging technologies, such as quantum computing, could invalidate encryption methodologies in the future. She added that federal systems must evolve to support innovation. Roat noted that investing in modern zero-trust security architectures and flexible, scalable cloud-solutions is essential to agencies. 

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NSF Invests in Quantum Information Science Institutes to Address Network Challenges

NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supported the establishment of three institutes that aim to bolster research and development in quantum information science. NSF invested $75 million in the university-led institutes, established in July, that will tackle challenges in the areas of high-fidelity networks and quantum sensing.

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