U.S. Government Agencies in the DC Region Announce the Washington Metropolitan Quantum Network Research Consortium, or DC-QNet

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Quantum networks, an emerging research frontier, will one day provide the ability to securely distribute and share quantum information between quantum computers, quantum sensor clusters, and related devices at regional and national distances. They can also be used to distribute ultra-precise time signals, as well as other applications yet to be invented or explored. Quantum networks will be essential to modern secure communications and computing improvements in the 21st century.

To advance quantum network capabilities and leadership, six U.S. government agencies with world-class research capabilities are announcing the creation of the Washington Metropolitan Quantum Network Research Consortium, or DC-QNet, to build, demonstrate, and operate a quantum network in as a regional test bed. The six agencies are the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM ARL), US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), US Naval Observatory (USNO), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Security Agency Research Directorate/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS-RES) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). There are currently two out-of-region affiliates to this consortium: the US Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific and the US Air Force Research Laboratory.

To read the full statement, visit the Naval Research Laboratory website.

Ashley C. Reynolds