In September 2018, a report by the Brookings Institution forecast that one of the key “military-relevant” technologies that is most likely to affect “U.S. and allied weaponry, military operations, wartime preparations, and defense budget priorities” over the next two decades will be quantum computing.
In June 2020, a report published on the U.S. Army’s official website stated that two new quantum networking research projects could “play a key role in future battlefield operations”. In one of the projects, the research team successfully demonstrated a new quantum communication technique that they believe is virtually tamper- and eavesdropping-proof compared to traditional communication channels. The development is exciting for the Army because of the high ‘transfer efficiency’ achieved, and also because it eases the way for the practical development of robust quantum communication systems that can benefit the Army in future operations – on the battlefield and off.
With these findings, the U.S. Army likely assumes that it is well on its way to realizing the predictions from the Brookings report. But we at Quantropi advise caution because the world is nowhere close to realizing 100% error-free/secure quantum communication, at least not with current QKD tech. The stakes are high and QKD is not strong enough to stand up to the challenges of a quantum world – in the Army or out.
Our QEEP™ technology offers an evolutionary upgrade path to quantum-secure communications that’s fast, scalable, energy-efficient and completely compatible with existing communications hardware. For more information about this manufacturing-ready quantum-safe solution, contact us.