In the wake of increased cyberattacks and state security breaches from Russia, China and North Korea, President Biden is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday. The order is intended to place the United States in a position to “leapfrog well ahead” of adversaries and mitigate risks that the emerging technology poses to national and economic security, reports Fox News.
The executive order and security memo will gear towards advancing quantum information science. A senior administration official said the U.S. has “long been a global leader” in the development of new technologies, including quantum, a broad field of science and engineering.
“Quantum technologies are not a replacement to traditional computers, but rather a ‘fundamentally different kind of computer’ with the ability to analyze information in ways that traditional computers cannot. Quantum technologies, according to officials, have shown the potential to drive innovation in the American economy” adds Fox News.
“The goal of both the executive order and the National Strategy Memorandum is to ensure that we leapfrog well ahead of everyone else, both by promoting quantum information science and the benefits it can potentially bring from energy to medicine, in various areas of the economy, as well as to begin what will likely be a decade long transition to protect our systems from an adversary having a potential quantum computer,” said the official.
“America must start the lengthy process of updating our IT infrastructure today to protect against this quantum computing threat tomorrow.” The president’s executive order is set to “foster” those advances by committing to promoting those breakthroughs.
Fox News adds that the order will enhance the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee, which is the federal government’s advisory body for quantum information science and technology, by placing it under the authority of the White House.
The official says the move would ensure the president, Congress, federal departments and agencies, and the general public receive “the most current, accurate and relative quantum information, science and technology to drive forward U.S. policymaking in this area.”