Defense bill includes $18 million for Rome Lab projects, according to congressman

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The defense-spending bill federal lawmakers have reached agreement on contains $18 million for the Rome Lab, including $8 million for a quantum research center, Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-22nd Dist. of Utica, announced today.

It includes an amendment to authorize $8 million for a quantum information science innovation center at the lab in Rome. In addition, the defense bill includes $5 million more for research into quantum computing, which promises far more powerful and efficient computing, as well as $5 million for counter-unmanned aircraft system research.

The Rome Lab provisions are in the report of a conference resolving differences between House and Senate versions of the defense-spending bill going to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Located at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, the Rome Lab employs some 780 civilian and military people and about 400 contractors.

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