Defense Department Further Accelerating 5G Development
January 7, 2021 | By Yasmin Tadjdeh | National Defense | Source
“The Pentagon is taking steps to accelerate its adoption of 5G communication capabilities, which promise to provide users with lightning fast connectivity and low latency.
“The technology is vital to maintaining America’s military and economic advantage and DoD is heavily invested in 5G use cases to test and demonstrate various applications and utilization of these emerging technologies to support the National Defense Strategy,” said Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.
5G has become one of the most talked about innovations across the globe as countries race to develop the fifth generation of wireless networks, which will provide major improvements in data speed, volume and latency over today’s fourth-generation networks, known as 4G.
The Pentagon plans to enhance 5G technology and invest in future “Next-G” systems to support all warfighting functions including fires, command and control, intelligence, movement and maneuver, protection, sustainment and information, Lord said in November during remarks at MITRE’s 5G Summit.
“Ubiquitous high-speed connectivity will transform the way the military operates,” she said. “Tomorrow’s warfighters will use local and expeditionary 5G networks to move massive amounts of data to connect distant sensors and weapons into a dense, resilient battlefield network.”
This data will be key to unlocking further gains in artificial intelligence and machine learning, she noted.
In May, the Defense Department released a 5G strategy which outlined the Pentagon’s challenge to accelerate the fielding of the technology while ensuring systems — as well as those of U.S. allies — are robust, protected, resilient and reliable. The strategy outlined four main lines of effort including: promote technology development; assess, mitigate and operate through 5G vulnerabilities; shape 5G standards and policies; and engage partners for collaboration.
Since the strategy was released, the Pentagon has moved to driving advancements through experimentations and has established 5G testbeds on military installations, she noted.
In October, the department announced $600 million in awards for various 5G testing and experimentation activities across the country. These activities will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia; Naval Base San Diego, California; and Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the experiments “represent the largest full-scale 5G test for dual-use application anywhere in the world.”
Working in “close concert with industry, we’re using these test sites to accelerate U.S. 5G leadership and ensure the department benefits when new applications are enabled by this technology,” Kratsios said during a briefing with reporters.”
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