Is China Getting Ready to Create Its Very Own DARPA?
This is not the only used of quantum technology that China has been pursuing: it has also been developing quantum radar systems. These systems are allegedly immune to jamming because they would immediately detect the interference. Furthermore, as Jeffrey Lin and P. W. Singer have noted, “Because stealth aircraft are optimized for stealth against radio waves used by conventional radars, they would be much more susceptible to detection by the photon waves of a quantum radar” (although, as Dave Majumdar has noted, there are reasons to doubt this claim).
It is these types of technologies that gave the United States an edge during the Cold War and has made it the most dominant military power in the world since the Soviet Union’s demise. If China has its way, America will no longer have a monopoly on these cutting-edge technologies. Indeed, if Beijing’s recently launched plan to become dominant in artificial intelligence is any indication, China intends to surpass the United States in many of these areas.
Zachary Keck is the former managing editor of the National Interest. You can find him on Twitter: @ZacharyKeck.
Image: A soldier stands next to a J-10 fighter jet during an exhibition for the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) outside Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing, China July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee.