In this short Reuters April 6, 2022 video LIVE: Australia PM Morrison holds news conference on AUKUS and in the official transcript Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said:
Now, of course, everyone knows the biggest part of that program was the nuclear powered submarines, and that's the first time that that technology has been made available by the United States to any other country since the United Kingdom had it in 1958. So this was the most significant defence agreement that Australia has entered into since ANZUS 70 years ago, and this enables us to keep ahead and stay ahead of the many challenges we're facing with security in our region.
Now the other things that are a part of AUKUS, even more significantly than in some respects, especially in the near-term, is the work we're doing on advanced defence technology. And here at Thales this is what they do. They are world leaders right here in Parramatta, in the sonar array technologies that they develop, not just for here in Australia, but all around the world. And that is a demonstration of Australia's defence industry capability. Now what we've announced overnight is that hypersonics and the various technologies that surround hypersonics are very much a part of what the AUKUS partnership is striving to deliver, not just in Australia but in the United States and the United Kingdom as well.
Working together, the best technologies, best defence industry, the best of our Defence Forces, ensuring that each of our capabilities is being realised and that goes along with artificial intelligence and quantum.
All of that is incredibly important for Australia's defence, but it's also an incredibly important part of our economic plan. Now our economic plan is about...
Question: What is "quantum" and why is it "incredibly important for Australia's defense", or for any advanced country's defense for that matter?
1ANZUS = Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty "...a 1951 non-binding collective security agreement between Australia and New Zealand and, separately, Australia and the United States, to co-operate on military matters in the Pacific Ocean region, although today the treaty is taken to relate to conflicts worldwide."
I've made a "quantum leap" assuming that Morrison's "quantum" refers to quantum computing. I'm pretty sure that's a reasonable premise but I felt I should flag it as there's no other occurrence of "quantum" nor any occurrence of "compu..." in the transcript.