Quantum Alliance Initiative

The Mission

The mission of the Quantum Alliance Initiative (QAI) is to develop policies which guide the creation of a robust quantum ecosystem in which the United States and her allies become global leaders in quantum technology.

Hudson’s work in quantum technology stems from its inevitable impact on national security and on the economy. As such, quantum computing and quantum cybersecurity must be viewed holistically and through a strategic security lens.

QAI will develop and champion policies which serve to effectively secure the critical information and infrastructure of both the US and her allies before the advent of a quantum computer powerful enough to hack into widespread encryption systems.

A crucial element of the U.S. government’s strategy to developing quantum cybersecurity should entail working with our closest allies, many of whom are global leaders in quantum cybersecurity such as Canada, Australia, and the UK.

Such cooperation will allow the U.S. and her allies to fulfill the goal of realizing the world’s first universal quantum computer in a free, democratic society. This cooperation will also allow us to secure critical information in advance of the grave security threats posed by a quantum computer.

Quantum Alliance Initiative Strategic Principles

  • Due to the eventual ability of a quantum computer to hack into and disrupt nearly all information technology, the development of quantum technology is not merely a scientific and economic issue, but also a strategic national security concern. Therefore, the U.S. must win the race to the world’s first universal quantum computer.
  • The United States must make its most sensitive information “quantum secure” well in advance of the predicted timeline for a quantum computer attack. As with missile defense, America should adopt an “all of the above” approach to research, commercialize, and integrate layered quantum cybersecurity solutions.
  • Technologies should be worked on rapidly and in conjunction with allies, many of whom are leaders in the field of quantum cybersecurity.
  • Competitors to the U.S., particularly China and Russia, are making noticeable strides in quantum technology, including computers, sensors, and cybersecurity. The U.S. must maintain its lead in computing, and overtake China in quantum cybersecurity. America should not cooperate with competitors on scientific or commercial endeavors in areas of quantum technology.
  • To remain secure and globally competitive, the U.S. must educate its workforce about the implications of quantum technology, as well as prepare employers/employees in the academic, private, and public sectors to develop and utilize quantum technology.

With such overarching goals in mind, QAI continues to explore the following critical issues relating to quantum technology and strategic policy:

  • The role of the federal government and makeup of public-private partnerships,
  • Necessary allotment and allocation of federal funds,
  • Requirements for STEM education and workforce training in quantum technology,
  • Ways to speed up the commercialization of quantum research,
  • Developing compliance and compatibility standards for quantum cybersecurity,
  • Relationship between quantum cybersecurity and intellectual property,
  • Balance between classified and unclassified research,
  • The intersection of quantum with emerging technologies such as artificial, intelligence, 5G, blockchain, autonomous systems, and more.

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Advisory Board

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Michael Brett is Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder of QxBranch and is leading the company’s mission to solve complex analytical problems using the most advanced techniques available. An expert in complex systems, he has extensive experience developing and accelerating adoption of early-stage technologies and delivering projects in aerospace, defense, and data analytics. Prior to QxBranch, Mr. Brett was Chief Operating Officer of Shoal Group (formerly Aerospace Concepts), a systems engineering firm based in Canberra, Australia where he was responsible for daily operations and project delivery across the company.  His work in leading technology organizations has been recognized many times including selection as one of five global Young Space Leaders by the International Astronautical Federation in 2014, an Australian Leadership Award in 2013, and one of the Most Inspiring Young Engineers by Engineers Australia.  He has authored several technical publications in the field of probabilistic risk analysis and has been interviewed by news outlets such as Washington Post, Australian Financial Review, South China Morning Post, and ABC Science Online.

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Geoffrey Davis was elected to the U.S. House in 2004 and served until 2012. During his tenure in Congress, he held a leadership role within the Republican Conference as a Deputy Whip. Davis served on the House Financial Services and Armed Services Committees until 2008, and then was appointed to the Committee on Ways & Means.

In the 112th Congress, Davis was named Chairman of the Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Human Resources, which has jurisdiction over a wide range of Federal Programs including Unemployment Insurance, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Child Welfare, Adoption and Foster Care, as well as select nutrition and Social Security related programs. Davis was also the second highest ranking Member of the Trade Subcommittee for four years, and was involved in the completion and passage of three critical agreements, the Columbia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements.

Davis has a broad national security background and chaired the House National Security Interagency Reform Working Group. He published articles on reforming the defense process, as well as passing numerous pieces of legislation to assist service men and women, like the Citizen Soldier Equality Act to equalize military retirement disability pay between the National Guard & Reserves, and the Active Component. Finally, as one of the few military aviators in the Congress, he was actively engaged on defense aviation acquisition policy and the Army’s Future Vertical Lift efforts.

Since leaving the Congress, he has participated in conferences and meetings in the the Middle East and South Asia related to advancing economic security, religious freedom and reconciliation. In addition, for the last several years, he has served as a panelist on political-military affairs at an annual Track 1.5 SINO-US Counter Terrorism Dialogue in Beijing China with former senior U.S. Military and Diplomatic leaders.

At age 17, Davis enlisted in the Army and later earned an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Among his later assignments, he served as an Assault Helicopter Flight Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division, and ran Flight Operations for the U.S. Army Peace Enforcement mission between Israel and Egypt. Later he assisted in the development and implementation of the XVIII Airborne Corps’ Army of Excellence reorganization concurrently with the Goldwater-Nichols defense reforms. He is a former Army Ranger, Aviator, and Senior Parachutist.

Prior to serving in Congress, Davis had a background in aerospace and technology integration, and later led a consulting firm that served Fortune 1000 corporations and specialized in lean manufacturing and systems integration. He has a background in “Big Data” and related Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relationship Management Systems. After leaving Congress, he restarted his consulting business, and is currently doing a range of public policy consulting.

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Christopher DeMuth is a Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He was President of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) from 1986-2008 and D.C. Searle Senior Fellow at AEI from 2008-2011. DeMuth attended Harvard College (A.B. 1968), and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1973). He served as Staff Assistant to President Richard M. Nixon in 1969-1970, working first for Daniel P. Moynihan (then Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs) on urban policy matters and then as Chairman of the White House Task Force on Environmental Policy. Following law school, he practiced regulatory, antitrust, and general corporate law with Sidley & Austin in Chicago (1973-1976) and was Associate General Counsel of the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) in Philadelphia (1976-1977). From 1977-1981, DeMuth was Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Director of the Harvard Faculty Project on Regulation. There he taught courses on law, economics, and regulatory policy and conducted and sponsored research on health, safety, environmental, and economic regulation. Returning to Washington in 1981, DeMuth served as Administrator for Information and Regulatory Affairs in the US Office of Management and Budget, and as Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief, during President Ronald Reagan’s first term of office. From 1984-1986, he was Managing Director of Lexecon Inc., a law-and-economics consulting firm; in 1986, he was also Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Regulation magazine. He was elected President of the American Enterprise Institute in December 1986.

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Idalia Friedson is a business consultant at Publicis.Sapient where she focuses on developing and implementing information technology solutions for the public sector. Previously, she was a Research Associate and Project Manager at Hudson Institute where she helped co-found the Quantum Alliance Initiative and currently sits on the Advisory Board. She co-authored the report, “Quantum Computing: How to Address the National Security Risk” (Hudson Institute, August 2018). Her work also includes “How Quantum Computing Threatens Blockchain” (National Review) and “Behind Enemy Transmission Lines” (National Review), which emphasizes the role that quantum cybersecurity can play in securing the electric grid. Ms. Friedson assisted in convening Hudson’s international conference on quantum technology, where she chaired the panel on quantum cybersecurity. She graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in law, jurisprudence, and social thought

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Charles Harvey Jr. is a Senior Advisor to American Defense International. He has extensive experience in the information technology sector and worked with classified US Federal Government customers and classified programs to provide advanced technologies to defense related organizations. He founded TurboImmigration to deliver cloud based applications to consumers and G2 Consulting, G2 Asia. He also served as VP of Business Development for Tahoe Networks and before that as Director of Global Business Development for Ericsson. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Citadel.

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Van Hipp is Chairman of American Defense International, Inc. (ADI), a Washington, DC based consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public relations. From 1986 to 1989, he served as the Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. In 1990, Mr. Hipp was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Reserve Forces and Mobilization). In this capacity, he served as the Army Secretariat’s “point man” for the successful mobilization, and then demobilization, of the Army’s reserve forces for Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He was named by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney to be the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy. Mr. Hipp is a veteran of the US Army and served on active duty in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Democracy. He continues to speak on defense issues at public forums across the country, and his articles on defense and international policy have been widely read in the national print media. His book, The New Terrorism: How to Fight It and Defeat It, was published in February 2015. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union and The National Capitol Board of The Salvation Army. He is also on the board of the Palmetto Promise Institute and is a member of the Committee on the Present Danger.

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Martin Laforest is the Senior Business Development Manager and Quantum Technology ISARA Corporation, the leading security solutions company specializing in creating production-ready quantum-safe cryptography for today’s computing ecosystems. Dr. Laforest has more than 15 years of experience in raising awareness about the benefits and threats of quantum technologies and plays a central role in helping ISARA’s technology partners customers better understand how the advent of quantum computing will reshape their approach to data and network security. Previous to Joining ISARA, Dr. Laforest was the head of scientific outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo where he translated the technicalities and the impacts of quantum information science and technology to broad audiences including stakeholders in government, industry, media and the general public. Dr. Laforest holds a PhD in Physics, specializing in experimental quantum information.

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Chris Monroe is Chief Scientist at IonQ and Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland. He is a leading atomic physicist and quantum information scientist and demonstrated the first quantum gate in any system at NIST in the 1990s. At the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland, he discovered new ways to scale trapped ion qubits and simplify their control with semiconductor chip traps, simplified lasers, and photonic interfaces for long-distance entanglement.

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Ray Newell Ph.D. leads the Quantum Communications Team at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this role, he leads research on satellite-to-ground quantum communication systems, terrestrial systems operating over installed fiber optic networks, and applications of quantum technologies for critical infrastructure protection. In addition, Dr. Newell is the lead optical engineer for SuperCam, a remote-sensing spectrometer suite on the Mars2020 rover. He received his doctorate and Master’s in atomic physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.

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R. Paul Stimers is a partner at K&L Gates LLP and the founder of the Quantum Industry Coalition. He focuses his policy advocacy efforts on matters related to emerging technologies, such as commercial spaceflight, IT, nanotechnology, and water technology, and advises a wide range of companies and industry associations in pursuing legislation and representing their interests before Congress and federal agencies. As policy counsel to several major commercial spaceflight companies and the leading industry association for commercial spaceflight, Mr. Stimers has been active in helping the industry grow quickly and safely, while continuing to support a strong role for NASA in space exploration. He works with software companies and industry associations to ensure data and network security without restricting technological development. He has helped manage industry-wide efforts to prevent technology mandates while improving security. He has also assisted companies in developing privacy policies that protect consumers’ personal information while enabling new products and services. In the field of information technology policy, Mr. Stimers is actively involved in matters relating to Internet governance. Mr. Stimers was listed among the “40 Under 40: K Street’s New Generation of Lobbyists” by The Washingtonian. Most recently, he was nationally ranked by Chambers USA 2015 under “Government: Government Relations (Up and Coming).”

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Mike Rogers is a former member of Congress representing Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District, and previously served as an officer in the U.S. Army and FBI special agent. He is a highly sought-after expert on national security issues, intelligence affairs, and cybersecurity policy. He advises multiple boards and academic institutions, working to enhance America’s strength and security. Mr. Rogers built a reputation as a leader on cybersecurity, intelligence, and national security policy from his years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he chaired the powerful House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). As chairman, he authorized and oversaw a budget of $70 billion that funded the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. In Congress Mr. Rogers was–and remains–a prominent leader on cybersecurity, shepherding multiple cybersecurity bills through the legislative process, and greatly enhancing America’s cybersecurity posture. In Congress, Mr. Rogers worked across the aisle with two presidents, Congressional leadership, countless diplomats, military service members, and intelligence professionals to ensure the brave men and women who fight for our nation are equipped with the resources necessary to get the job done.

Today, Mr. Rogers advises C-suite executives from Fortune 100 companies, providing analysis and expertise on the challenges facing companies operating in the digital era, and on cybersecurity and executive leadership. Additionally, Mr. Rogers is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University, a member of the Board of Trustees and the David Abshire Chair at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, a Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute, and a member of the Advisory Board for George Mason University’s National Security and Law Policy Institute.

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Aaron VanDevender Ph.D. is the Chief Scientist and a Principal at Founders Fund. He monitors the scientific impact of the portfolio, works with portfolio companies, assesses new technologies, and conducts his own research. Prior to Founders Fund, Dr. VanDevender was CTO of enterprise war games firm The Prosperity Institute. He has designed single-photon and single-atom quantum computers in academia and government (NIST), advanced the quantum-mechanical theory for microscopic black holes, patented the fastest transparent optical switch, and is a co-inventor of yoctotechnology (named after the smallest unit prefix on the SI scale). He then developed next-generation DNA sequencing technology at Halcyon Molecular. His broad scientific interests encompass energy, biotech, nanotech, and computing. Dr. VanDevender received a SB from MIT and a PhD in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to entrepreneurial science, he is a professional skydiver.

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