The UK’s limited research budget needs to focus on only a few areas where we can genuinely develop a real competitive advantage. We would do well to do away with science fiction fantasies like directed energy weapons and focus on concrete goals.

The Government’s 2021 Integrated Review identifies quantum technology as an area in which it needs to invest, as part of a broader goal of ‘sustaining strategic advantage through science and technology’. Alongside quantum technology, artificial intelligence and engineering biology are identified as key emergent fields, although negligible detail is given as to what this means.

Gautam Kambhampati is…

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Defence & Security arm of the Fabian Society, commenting on UK defence and national security policy.

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