Experts Give 2024 NDAA Positive Marks on Quantum Provisions
Public Policy & Regulation attorney Paul Stimers recently shared his opinion on the fiscal 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provisions pertaining to quantum computing and research. In the article, Mr. Stimers expressed the importance of a large quantum budget and understanding of quantum technology in order for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to compete with emerging technology in other countries and support future national security missions.
Overall, the new provisions to the NDAA have been positively received. However, Mr. Stimers pointed out that there is always room for improvement, stating that "a bigger overall quantum budget with more quantum computing purchases to increase DOD's exposure to the technology and send a stronger demand signal would have been great," while also recognizing the "tremendous budgetary pressures on the NDAA this year (two wars, inflation/interest rates, recruiting challenges, shipbuilding, etc. etc. etc.)."
Mr. Stimers concluded by reemphasizing the importance of the DOD increasing its exposure and research in quantum computing, warning that "post-quantum cryptography is an immediate need, as adversaries are currently stealing encrypted data for future decryption by quantum computers."