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Inside the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Contemporary Quantum Pursuits

The early quantum adopter is making strategic moves to develop on-the-rise capabilities—and manage the hype around them.

A growing team of officials within the primary research and development center for the Air Force and Space Force is helping the U.S. strategically inch closer to what could be life-altering science and technological breakthroughs via quantum information science.
During a recent conversation with Nextgov, Michael Hayduk shed light on unfolding and upcoming moves to push forward new, quantum-centered applications at the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he’s worked for 29 years and now serves as the deputy director of its information directorate.
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AFOSR Awards 17 Quantum Research Grants

Awards fast-tracked following 3-day virtual pitch competition held during the Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently awarded 17 quantum information science grants, with a focus on basic research, to scientists and engineers at institutions around the globe. These awards were fast-tracked following a three-day virtual pitch competition held during the Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator.

The Innovare Advancement Center, at Rome, New York, hosted the virtual Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator event from Sept. 1-3, with funding provided by AFRL’s Information Directorate, AFOSR, the Office of Naval Research, and additional support provided by the Griffiss Institute, New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation, and SUNY Research Foundation. This was a multi-layered collaborative effort with the common goal of accelerating quantum innovation for the U.S. military and coalition partners.
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$35 Million Awarded to 15 Small Businesses During Virtual Quantum Collider 2.0

AFRL Information Directorate announced 23 awards to 15 small businesses, totaling $35 million in U.S. Air Force funding, during the December 1-2, 2020 event.

These Phase II Small-Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards were given for proposals covering any of four quantum topics: Timing, Sensing, Computing, or Communications. Companies were selected for awards based on evaluation and criteria set forth by researchers and scientists at the Information Directorate. Phase I awards were presented in June 2020.
Dr.Will Roper, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force Acquisition Executive,was the honorable guest speaker for the event. The virtual event also featured astronaut-in-training and global TEDx speaker Alyssa Carson, along with her father Bert Carson, for a keynote session.
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News Wire

Geospatial World: US Air Force pursues quantum research to develop GPS jamming resistance (1/5/21)

Inside GNSS: Air Force Pursues Quantum Research to Enhance GPS Jamming Resistance (1/4/2021)

C4ISRNET: Air Force Research Laboratory issues 17 grants for quantum research (1/3/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Looking ahead, mayor right to be optimistic (1/2/2021)

Rome Sentinel: City poised for growth, mayor says (12/31/2020)

Mirage News: AFOSR awards 17 quantum research grants (12/30/2020)

HPC Wire: Air Force Research Laboratory Awards 17 Quantum Research Grants from Accelerator Competition (12/30/2020)

Observer-Dispatch: Rome Lab to receive $278M to further revolutionize drone, quantum technology (12/30/2020)

Air Force News: AFOSR awards 17 quantum research grants (12/29/2020)

Rome Sentinel: $35M awarded to small businesses during virtual event (12/16/2020)

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Observer-Dispatch: Innovare Advancement Center in Rome hosting virtual quantum event (12/1/2020)

Rome Sentinel: High-tech event to draw on world class scientists, including local partners (11/25/2020)

Rome Sentinel: Innovare Center to host series on artificial intelligence (10/9/2020)

Air Force Materiel Command: Air Force Partners with academia, industry to host three-part Trusted AI Challenge series (10/8/2020)

Wright-Patterson AFB: Air Force Partners with academia, industry to host three-part Trusted AI Challenge series (10/8/2020)

Rome Sentinel: Fresh look for new high-tech center at Griffiss (9/24/2020)

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