ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The U.S. Army is joining the Maryland Quantum Alliance, a regional consortium of quantum scientists and engineers from across academia, national laboratories and industry that launched today with an event in the House of Delegates Office Building.
The University of Maryland, College Park, will lead the alliance with the goal of driving quantum science discovery and innovation, developing pioneering quantum technologies and training the quantum workforce of tomorrow.
Research into quantum science could potentially deliver ultra-secure communications and bring about advanced artificial intelligence agents, making American Soldiers stronger and safer.
University officials said the announcement comes at a "pivotal time" when quantum science research is expanding beyond physics into materials science, engineering, computer science and chemistry.
Scientists across these disciplines are finding ways to exploit quantum physics to build powerful computers, develop secure communication networks and improve sensing capabilities. In the future, quantum technology may also impact fields like artificial intelligence and medicine.
"Quantum information science will provide important capabilities for our Warfighter," said Dr. Pat Baker, U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory director. "We are excited about a Maryland Quantum Alliance of strong regional institutions in this field to help accelerate research and transformational impact as part of persistent Army modernization."
Maryland officials said the state leads the way in this crucial transition, with an existing workforce that spans academia, government and private-sector companies. Scientists and engineers at the University of Maryland, College Park and other institutions in the state and region already are collaborating across these areas to tackle the challenges associated with deploying quantum technology.
The Maryland Quantum Alliance includes the University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Morgan State University; George Mason University; Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Johns Hopkins University; U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory; MITRE Corporation; Northrop Grumman; Lockheed Martin; IonQ; Qrypt; Amazon Web Services; and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Government and academic researchers will look for new ways to work with companies both large and small to support steady progress on quantum technology research and enable its move into the marketplace.
Members will also work on developing cross-disciplinary educational programs in physics, engineering, materials science and computer science that will produce the necessary workforce educated in quantum science.
CCDC Army Research Laboratory is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.