Recent years have seen a push toward quantum-enabled systems for a variety of computing, communications, and sensing applications. As the technology matures, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies seek to prepare for the challenges and opportunities quantum-enabled systems may bring. Much of the current expertise in materials and components relevant to quantum technologies, such as single-photon detectors, is found outside the United States, raising potential supply chain concerns. The importance of quantum-enabled systems to critical DoD applications argues for the development of assured domestic sources of materials, manufacturing capabilities, and expertise.
To explore these issues, the Workshop on Domestic Manufacturing Capabilities for Critical DoD Applications: Emerging Needs in Quantum-Enabled Systems was organized to address current technology trends and the collective needs and concerns of the DoD stakeholder materials and manufacturing community. Hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the event brought together approximately 70 speakers and attendees representing quantum experts, materials experts, and manufacturing experts from industry, academia, and government agencies.
The 2-day workshop was organized around three main topics: quantum-enabled computing systems, quantum communications and networks, and quantum sensing opportunities. Participants explored emerging needs of quantum-enabled systems, with a particular focus on the domestic materials and manufacturing processes that will be required to fulfill those needs. Key themes included the path to quantum computing, communications, and networks; opportunities for collaboration; and key gaps, supply chain concerns, and security issues.
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