Quantum Alliance Initiative

Quantum Alliance Initiative

Launched in 2018, the Quantum Alliance Initiative was created to develop and champion policies that allow the U.S. to win the race to a universal quantum computer, while simultaneously working to ensure that the U.S. will be safe from a future quantum computer cyberattack by 2025.

Since its founding, the Quantum Alliance Initiative has established clear thought leadership in this crucial area of information technology for the 21st century.

The Mission:

  • Promote public awareness as well as among government and corporate leaders, of the critical importance of quantum technology in the coming “post-digital age.” Including interface with artificial intelligence, 5G, blockchain, autonomous systems, and other advanced technologies.
  • Develop a strong international quantum community that spans the quantum technology spectrum, from quantum computers and sensors to quantum and post-quantum cryptography.
  • Turn insight into future trends in quantum information science, into policy realities

Advisory Board

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Christopher DeMuth is a distinguished fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. He was president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research from 1986–2008 and D.C. Searle Senior Fellow at AEI from 2008–2011. He was staff assistant to President Richard Nixon in 1969–1970, working first on urban and welfare policy under Daniel P. Moynihan and then as chairman of the White House Task Force on Environmental Policy. During President Ronald Reagan’s first term (1981–1984), he was administrator for information and regulatory affairs in the Office of Management and Budget and executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief. From 1976–1980, he taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and directed the Harvard Faculty Project on Regulation. He has practiced law (with Sidley & Austin in Chicago and at the Consolidated Rail Corporation in Philadelphia, 1973–1977), been an economic consultant (with Lexecon, Inc., 1976–1981 and 1984–1986)), and was publisher and editor-in-chief of Regulation magazine (now published by the Cato Institute) in 1986–1987.

Mr. DeMuth was raised in Kenilworth, Illinois, and is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School (1964), Harvard College (1968), and the University of Chicago Law School (1973). He was a recipient of a 2017 Bradley Prize. He is currently chairman of the AHA Foundation, co-chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Federalist Society, and a governor of the Smith Richardson Foundation. His writings are posted at www.ccdemuth.com.

Mr. DeMuth and his wife, Susan DeMuth, MD, reside in McLean, Virginia, and have three children and seven grandchildren.

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Idalia Friedson works at Rigetti Computing, a full-stack quantum computing company, where she is involved with business operations and corporate strategy. Previously, she was a business consultant at Publicis.Sapient and helped spearhead the development and implementation of custom software solutions for the public sector. Prior, she worked at Hudson Institute and co-founded the Quantum Alliance Initiative policy center, of which she is currently a Board Member. Her publications on quantum technology have been featured in National Review, Real Clear Future, and more. She holds a B.A. from Amherst College.

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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. He’s a former Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, as well as a former member of the Presidential Electoral College. In 1990, he was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Reserve Forces and Mobilization). Following the “Tailhook Scandal,” Hipp was named by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney to be the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Navy. Hipp served in this capacity until January 1993.

Hipp is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served on active duty in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Democracy. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. His book, “The New Terrorism: How to Fight It and Defeat It,” was published in February 2015. One hundred percent of all proceeds go to scholarships for the children of fallen Guardsmen and Guardsmen wounded in action in the War on Terror. Since the September 11th attacks, Hipp has appeared on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel well over 600 times as an expert commentator on the War on Terror and has been a guest on most of the network’s major news programming. In addition, he has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the London-based Sky News Channel, Newsmax TV, and the CBS Evening News.

Hipp received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wofford College and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. In 2014, Hipp was the recipient of Wofford College’s Distinguished Service Award. In addition, he was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden Leadership Award for National Security in May 2018.

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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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Warner A. Miller is a Professor of Physics at Florida Atlantic University. He is a leading expert in discrete geometry with applications to general relativistic effects in space-based quantum communication, quantum gravity and quantum information science. He is currently leading an effort on quantum entanglement distribution using mobile platforms. Dr. Miller was a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and he was their Program Manager for the Advanced Strategic Computing Initiative – Alliance Program. He is a founder of the quantum computing effort at Los Alamos as the joint USAF-DOE Director and Theoretical Division Group Leader. Lt. Col. Miller is a veteran of the USAF (Ret) and has spent twenty-eight years in active scientific work with the USAF, fourteen years with Los Alamos National Laboratory and over a decade in academia. His work in basic science was recognized by the Secretary of the Air Force with the Air Force Basic Research Award, by the Chief of Staff USAF for the USAFA’s Ira C. Eaker Award for his work on the Global Positioning System, and the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster. He received his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of John Archibald Wheeler.

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Christopher Monroe is the Gilhuly Family Presidential Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics, and Director of the Duke Quantum Center at Duke University. He is also a College Park Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland. Monroe is an atomic and quantum physicist and engineer, with interests in fundamental quantum phenomena, quantum information science, and quantum computer design and fabrication. Monroe’s research group pioneered most aspects of ion trap quantum computers, making the first steps toward a scalable, reconfigurable, and modular quantum computer system. Monroe is also co-founder and Chief Scientist at IonQ, a company near Washington DC that builds quantum computers based on trapped atomic ions. Monroe is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Optical Society of America, and the U.K. Institute of Physics, a member of the White House National Quantum Information Advisory Committee, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also an architect of the U.S. National Quantum Initiative, and sits on advisory boards for quantum institutes in Germany, the U.K., Singapore, and Canada.

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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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John Prisco Throughout his 30-year career, John Prisco has demonstrated success driving revenue growth, implementing operational excellence, and bringing companies such as Triumfant, Penn Access, GeoVantage and Ridgeway Systems to successful exits. His depth of experience in telecommunications, cybersecurity and quantum physics are ideally suited to lead Quantum Xchange and its customers, partners, investors, and employees through the emerging era of quantum computing and the future of secure key exchange and encryption. His consulting work for Toshiba in Japan, Europe and the United States is a logical progression from his collaboration with Toshiba when he was CEO of Quantum Xchange.

Prisco established a track record of success in the high-tech field first by founding Penn Access, a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) operating in Pittsburgh. Prisco also served as President and CEO of 2nd Century Communications, the nation’s first packet-based CLEC operating in 33 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. In 2001, Prisco became CEO of eLink Communications, a BLEC with over 300 multi-tenant buildings operating in New York City. In 2003, he became President and CEO of Ridgeway Systems & Software, a U.K.-based software company specializing in secure firewall traversal and acquired by Tandberg Incorporated in 2004. Prisco served as President and CEO of GeoVantage Inc., a location-based services aerial imaging company sold to John Deere at the end of 2005. Prior to joining Quantum Xchange, Prisco was CEO of Triumfant for 11 years. Triumfant was the first cybersecurity company to perfect anomaly detection techniques to detect and remediate advanced threats such as file-less attacks in memory. Recently Prisco signed a consulting agreement to represent Toshiba in the United States and Europe in their quantum key and quantum internet business areas.

Prisco holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Science in the field of Quantum Optics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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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.

While in Congress Mr. Rogers chaired the powerful House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) where he authorized and oversaw a budget of $70 billion that funded the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies.

He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board at the MITRE Corporation, and as a Director at leading companies including IAP, IronNet Cybersecurity, and Constella Intelligence. He is currently investing in and helping build companies that are developing solutions for healthcare, energy efficiency and communications challenges.

Mr. Rogers is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University and a member of the Board of Trustees and the David Abshire Chair at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where he directs the Center’s national security programs. Mr. Rogers is a regular public speaker on global affairs, cybersecurity, and leadership.

He also serves as a regular national security commentator on CNN and hosted the channel’s documentary-style original series Declassified, which offered viewers insights into America’s spy stories. He is married to Kristi Rogers and has two children.

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M. Arnaud Taddei is Practice Leader of the international team of Security Transformation Strategists focusing on SASE, Zero Trust and more generally Security Transformation problems of Broadcom Software Group key customers. M. Taddei participates in the STANDICT/EUOS, ITU and other Standardization and Think tank activities at International Level.

Prior to that, he was Technical Director, Standards and Architectures reporting directly to the CTO of Symantec, a Division of Broadcom. M. Taddei was delegated by Broadcom at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) where he held a number of leadership and chairmanship positions on Security and overall Standardization Strategy. M. Taddei participated to IETF, ISO and ETSI.

He started his career in 1993 at the famous CERN IT Division in Geneva where he led the team responsible for Communication, Authentication and Authorization. In 2000, he joined Sun Microsystems where he became one of the 100 elected global Principle Engineers. In 2007 he joined Symantec as EMEA Chief Architect for Digital Service Providers business.

Graduated as Telecom Engineer from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Télécommunication de Bretagne, France, M. Taddei owns a DEA with INRIA, which lead him to the Institute of Control Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow in 1992.

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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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