The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) regrets to inform you that the launch event for Elsa B. Kania and John K. Costello's new report, "Quantum Hegemony? China's Ambitions and the Challenge to U.S. Innovation Dominance," on Friday, September 14th is canceled due to the impending hurricane. We intend to reschedule this event and will keep you updated. The report itself will still launch on Thursday, September 13th, 2018, and Ms. Kania continues to be available for interviews at the contact below.
For more information about the report or to schedule an interview with Elsa B. Kania, please contact Shawn Turner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (202) 457-9400.
About the Report:
China is positioning itself as a powerhouse in quantum science. Within the past several years, Chinese researchers have achieved a track record of consistent advances in basic research and in the development of quantum technologies, including quantum cryptography, communications, and computing, as well as reports of progress in quantum radar, sensing, imaging, metrology, and navigation. Their breakthroughs demonstrate the successes of a long-term research agenda that has dedicated extensive funding to this domain while actively cultivating top talent. China’s rise as a powerhouse in quantum science was displayed to the world with the August 2016 launch of the world’s first quantum satellite, Micius (or Mozi, 墨子). Since then, China’s launch of new national “megaprojects” in quantum communications and computing reflect the continued prioritization of these technologies.
The United States must recognize the trajectory of China’s advances in these technologies and the promise of their potential applications. In response, the United States should build upon and redouble existing efforts to remain a leader, or at least a major contender, in the development of these strategic technologies through enhancing the vitality of its innovation ecosystem. Although the full impact of this second quantum revolution remains to be seen – and some skepticism is warranted – the United States must mitigate the long-term risks of technological surprise in this domain by leveraging its existing advantages in defense innovation.