The Department of Defense has selected the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, also known as Rome Lab, to serve as the department’s leading representative on an initiative tasked with promoting the quantum computing industry nationwide, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Friday.
Congress defines “quantum information science” as the storage, transmission, manipulation or measurement of information that is encoded in systems that can only be described by the laws of quantum physics.
The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) features nearly 100 member organizations that help decide which areas of the industry to fund and prioritize, according to Schumer’s office. With that, Schumer said in a statement that Rome Lab will play a “critical role in developing future innovation in quantum computing.”
Given the quantum computing industry’s expected influence on national security measures, Rome Lab was chosen as the Department of Defense’s lead representative on the QED-C because of its advanced research capabilities as compared to other Department of Defense facilities, according to Schumer’s office. When it comes to quantum information science, Rome Lab is the top military research facility, federal officials said.
“The race to innovation in quantum computing is proving to be the great scientific race of the 21st century, and Rome Lab is leading the pack,” Schumer said in a statement. “The impacts of falling behind international competitors like China and Russia when it comes to this emerging technology would be wide-ranging and severe — from our economic stability to our national security. Fortunately, through its addition to the Quantum Economic Development Consortium, Rome Lab will be on the scene to help prevent that from happening.”
The announcement is the latest news in the quantum computing field for Rome Lab, which is using federal funding to create a $12 million Open Innovation Campus in Building 100 at the Griffiss International Airport. The 40,000-square-foot facility — under development through a partnership between Rome Lab, the Griffiss Institute and SUNY Polytechnic Institute — will allow research by government, industry, small business and academic leaders for greater research into quantum computing technology.
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