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Air Force Looks to Quantum for Better Battleground Decisions

Contracts worth $50M aim to improve situational awareness

Berenice Baker

August 24, 2022

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The U.S. AFRL wants quantum computing algorithms for C4ISR.U.S. AFRL

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has invited companies to submit proposals for quantum computing algorithms to support future battlefield decision-making.

The agency issued a request this week for the research, design, development, concept testing, evaluation, experimentation, integration and delivery of algorithm designs and technologies harnessing emerging quantum computing techniques.

These would support command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I)-related information and communications technologies and techniques. C4I is a set of tools, technology and approaches that provide situational awareness in military operations.

Total funding for this program is approximately $50 million and the AFRL expects to award multiple contracts worth up to $2 million each with a project duration of no more than three years. There is potential for individual awards to exceed this limit up to the program total.

AFRL’s research site in Rome, New York, focuses on a range of activities including information and signal processing, communications and networking technology, cyber research and high-performance computing. It has established a quantum information and science branch to research a range of quantum and hybrid quantum computing technologies.

Earlier this month, the AFRL was designated the Quantum Information Science Research Center for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. This designation gives it the authority to achieve faster military capability based on quantum information science, said AFRL commander Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle.

About the Author(s)

Berenice Baker

Editor, Enter Quantum

Berenice is the editor of Enter Quantum, the companion website and exclusive content outlet for The Quantum Computing Summit. Enter Quantum informs quantum computing decision-makers and solutions creators with timely information, business applications and best practice to enable them to adopt the most effective quantum computing solution for their businesses. Berenice has a background in IT and 16 years’ experience as a technology journalist.

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