On June 6, 2023, Distinguished Visiting Fellow Paul Dabbar testified before the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on advancing American leadership in Quantum technology. An archived video of the hearing is available here.
Chair Lucas, Ranking Member Lofgren, and Members of the Committee, I am honored to again be before this Committee, my favorite authorizing committee, but please don’t tell E&C. I am honored to be here discussing quantum technologies, how this committee’s leadership five years ago triggered a technology revolution, and how this next Act can continue the momentum.
Not long ago, prospects of quantum moving from the science lab to applications seemed far-fetched. Barely six qubits could be fabricated on a chip. Quantum teleportation was a science experiment from Berkeley.
Your Act from five years ago directed significant investments that led to results, with goals of the NQI including:
At DOE, we stood up those research centers. With over seventy participants, from national labs, academia, and the private sector. This was the first time that a DOE discovery program included the private sector.
Major accomplishments include:
As you consider a NQI reauthorization, here are thoughts on how to build on your successes.
Here are ideas for consideration in the second NQI Act:
Importantly, this topic is crucial to national security. It is no coincidence that right after Snowden defected to China and divulged all he knew on our signals intelligence capabilities, China ramped up construction of the world’s largest quantum network for security, and development of their quantum computing. Using this technology to decrypt weapons codes, would cause tremendous damage in a conflict. And the only certain defense for this is entangled networks, and these network systems are needed for scaling quantum computers. China is right on our heels of quantum computer and networking efforts.
America has the lead in this crucial future technology, that will impact the economy and security. Now is the time to accelerate research, and deployment of quantum computers and networks. We should build on the lead you have already enabled.
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