New UK defence partnership explores use of quantum computing to make better decisions

UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and its industry partner PA Consulting have identified opportunities for a new approach to using quantum computing to support human decision-making. The solutions are rooted in a mix of classical and quantum computing techniques applied to defence-related challenges.

In an initiative funded through the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s( Defence and Security Accelerator, PA created prototype tools to help make better and faster decisions, while maintaining essential elements of human decision-making. Looking ahead, these tools are expected to evolve in a way that would allow significant improvements in many decision-making processes across the MOD, lowering risks, and optimising resources.