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National Security Concerns with Emerging Technologies

Listen in on this panel with Bob Sorensen (Chief Analyst for Quantum Computing, Hyperion Research), Chris Lirakis (Manager Advanced Quantum Devices, IBM), Steve Reinhardt (VP of Product Development, Quantum Computing Inc.), and Mike Dietz (President, NDIA Lone Star Chapter) as they discuss the future of the quantum computing industry in a global context.

Capital Factory
3 min readApr 14, 2021


What you’ll find out

  • How can we create the correct ecosystem that will nurture the development and deployment of emergent technologies?
  • Who are the most significant drivers of technology development today?
  • How do we develop a workforce that can tackle the complexities of quantum computing?

Key takeaways

  • “The world’s leading powers are racing to develop and deploy emerging technologies such as quantum computing that could shape everything from the economic and military balance among states to the future of work.” — Mike Dietz, NDIA Lone Star Chapter
  • “We need to be thinking about the ultimate end users of quantum computing to make sure they have a seat at the table.” — Bob Sorensen, Quantum Computing, Hyperion Research
  • “We should actively engage with the department of defense to find out what applications they think are most important, and then how we might provide the appropriate enabling technologies to make that a reality.” — Chris Lirakis, IBM
  • “There needs to be an understanding that the commercial sector in substance will be a significant technology driver and one of the more significant end users in the near term. So, the national security agenda needs to understand that they are no longer the dog or the tail.” — Bob Sorensen, Quantum Computing, Hyperion Research
  • “Smart people who have programming skills and insights that they can bring as a toolkit to a new sector and hit the ground running. So we shouldn’t just concentrate on workforce development in terms of graduates coming out of school, we should think about retraining and basically the itinerary programmer, the itinerant software engineer, the folks who can bring their skillset to a new technology and use it in a new and interesting way.” — Bob Sorensen, Quantum Computing, Hyperion Research
  • The beauty of quantum is that the barriers to entry are so low for anyone within the corporate world.”—Bob Sorensen Quantum Computing, Hyperion Research

Who you’ll hear from

NDIA Lone Star Chapter’s Mike Dietz, Bob Sorensen with Hyperion Research, Chris Lirakis with IBM, and Steve Reinhardt with Quantum Computing Inc. discuss the national security concerns with emerging tech.

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