Harnessing the Power of Quantum Technology: A New Weapon in National Security

Organisation: BIPSS

Authors: Ifrita Nushin
Research Themes:
Other NTS Issues
Type: Commentaries
29 August 2023


Quantum Technology has developed in a gradual process from the 1980s to the present, which was mostly unnoticed by the general public. US politicians became aware of its potential for national and economic security in 2016 when the US intelligence community recognized the threat posed by quantum code-cracking computers, which led to an increase of funding various research programs in Quantum Technology.

Quantum computing is identified as a game-changing technology with the concept of ‘quantum supremacy’ suggesting that quantum computers could outperform classical computers in complex calculations. It operates differently from classical computers, using the principles of quantum mechanics to process information.