The implementation plan includes five calls to action for DND/CAF, including identifying anticipated users of quantum technologies, training personnel for a fundamental understanding of quantum, coordinating investments, gaining access to cutting-edge technology, and engaging industry and academia.
Quantum technologies could be used in the military for a variety of purposes, such as positioning, navigation, and timing in areas where GPS is ineffective, the development of CBRN threat sensors, secure communication and code-breaking, and the development of advanced materials and medical research.
The DND/CAF seeks to be an early adopter, collaborate with allies and
The implementation plan includes five recommendations for DND/CAF:
Identify who is expected to use quantum technologies within DND/CAF
Train personnel for a base level of understanding of quantum, known as quantum literacy
Harmonize quantum investments across DND/CAF
Access state-of-the-art technology through innovation programs
Engage industry and academia.
Quantum 2030 identifies four promising quantum technologies with defense and security applications and lays out a seven-year plan to develop prototypes ready for field testing by 2030.
Quantum-enhanced light detection and ranging (LiDAR)
Quantum algorithms for defense and security
The three phases of the seven-year plan are personnel recruitment and training, scientific research, and field testing and demonstrations.
The National Quantum Strategy of the Government of Canada, released in January 2023, and Quantum 2030 are both extensions of the DND/CAF Quantum Science and Technology Strategy, which was published in January 2021.
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