Study urges UK defence sector to exploit quantum computing
Possibilities offered by AI and quantum computers need to be more fully embraced by the UK armed forces, according to a study released on 13 July by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Research, undertaken by Dstl on behalf of the MoD in collaboration with UK Strategic Command, concluded that ‘embracing quantum technology now could lead to the enhanced pace, precision and pre-emption of decision making by military commanders’, Dstl announced.
In particular, military users could apply neural net-based quantum information processing to control systems (in aircraft, missiles, fire control and defensive systems); sensor data processing such as data fusion, navigation, resolving signals in noise, interference and jamming; and a range of other services and functions such as AI situational understanding.
The report is now open for input and comment from the defence industry and academia. After review, and subject to funding, a benchmark exercise could commence during 2020.
‘If benchmarking confirms the review’s findings, an in service initial operating capability could be realised as soon as 2025,’ Dstl noted.
‘This would help build quantum expertise in MoD and ensure an organisation [that is] “quantum-ready” for the future.’
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