Accession Number:

AD1158458

Title:

An Assessment of the U.S. and Chinese Industrial Bases in Quantum Technology

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Research Report]

Corporate Author:

RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

2022-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

139

Abstract:

Quantum technology could eventually deliver transformative new capabilities with significant economic and national security impacts. Only recently has research and development R and D expanded beyond basic science research primarily conducted within academia to include significant private-sector development and commercialization. The newness of significant private-sector investment in this technology, and the high uncertainty in its eventual applications and their timelines, make it difficult to form a holistic assessment of the overall industrial base in quantum technology. In this report, we develop a set of flexible and broadly applicable metrics for assessing a nations quantum industrial base, broadly defined, that attempt to quantify the strength of the nations scientific research, government activity, private industry activity, and technical achievement. We then apply those metrics to the United States and to the Peoples Republic of China using a mixed-methods approach. The results for each metric are broken down across the three major application domains for quantum technology quantum computing, quantum communications, and quantum sensing. We conclude with recommendations for policymakers for maintaining the strength of the U.S. quantum industrial base.

Descriptors:

Subject Categories:

  • Quantum Theory and Relativity
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]