D-Wave Quantum Inc., a company in quantum computing, has commended U.S. policymakers for incorporating a quantum pilot program into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This landmark legislation, signed into law by President Biden on December 22, 2023, establishes a program focused on near-term quantum computing applications to address challenges faced by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Armed Forces. D-Wave, known for its quantum computing systems, software, and services, applauds the bipartisan effort, emphasizing the importance of leveraging quantum technologies to enhance national security.

The quantum pilot program outlined in the NDAA aims to test, evaluate, and implement quantum and quantum-hybrid applications to address pressing issues in defense, military, and national security operations. Notably, the program encourages the use of annealing quantum computing and quantum-hybrid technologies. It also emphasizes the need to build and strengthen collaborations between the DOD, academic institutions, small businesses, and non-traditional defense contractors.

D-Wave, as the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers, is well-positioned to contribute to the program. The company has already developed demonstrations, proof of concepts (POCs), and applications for various governments and businesses globally. Examples include optimizing cargo pier operations at the Port of Los Angeles, last-mile resupply applications for the Australian Army, and initiatives for carbon emission reduction and tsunami evacuation route optimization in Japan.

Dr. Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave, expressed appreciation for Congress and the Administration, stating that the quantum pilot program accelerates the use of quantum solutions for critical challenges faced by the DOD and the military. He highlighted the bipartisan nature of this action and emphasized D-Wave’s readiness to collaborate with the government to advance the program.

The inclusion of a quantum pilot program in the NDAA marks a pivotal moment in the integration of quantum computing into U.S. national security efforts. D-Wave Quantum Inc.’s commendation reflects the commitment of the quantum industry to collaborate with government agencies in addressing complex challenges. As the program unfolds, it is anticipated to usher in a new era of technological innovation and strategic solutions for the defense and security landscape.