DoD 5G To Next G Overview

Communications networks have become fundamental to how the United States wages war, providing our forces with information to make decisions, communicate decisions to other warfighters, and direct our weapons.  Commercial, strategic, and tactical networks now share a common technology base that is increasingly threatened by peer adversaries who are subsidizing their commercial entities in order to gain military, intelligence, and economic advantage. 

To ensure that the DoD can continue to effectively operate anywhere and anytime, we must now begin to partner with the private sector to accelerate 5G innovation so that we can rapidly take full advantage of its capabilities, while also addressing the security challenges that 5G presents.  We must also recognize that 5G is not an “end state”; rather, our emphasis must be on a continual investment in communications technologies that will take us from 5G to the Next Generations of mobile information technology.

  • Accelerate – Hasten DoD’s adoption of 5G

    - At-scale test facilities that enable rapid experimentation & dual-use application prototyping

  • Operate Through – Ensure that US forces can operate through wherever and whenever we deploy

    - Dynamic spectrum utilization
    - “Zero Trust” architectures

  • Innovate – Enhance 5G technology and invest in future “Next G” technologies

    - There is no finish line

Breaking News

Dr. Joseph Evans, technical director for 5G with the Defense Department's Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, briefs the media to announce the seven military installations that have been selected to host 5G communications technology testing and experimentation via a telephone conference at the Pentagon, June 3, 2020.

Read the full press release on the briefing  / Read the transcript from the briefing

Dr. Joseph Evans media briefing on 5G Testing Locations

The Latest RFPs

Base Experiments


The National Spectrum Consortium is a team of our Nation’s leading technologists, engineers, scientists, manufacturers, and program managers from industry, academia, and government working to solve the toughest problems facing the nation with regard to 5G, 5G-based technologies, and spectrum access and sharing.

The National Spectrum Consortium is a research and development organization that incubates new technologies to revolutionize the way in which spectrum is utilized, and 5G is playing a big part in that. Through collaboration between industry, academia, and Government agencies, we solve the toughest problems the nation faces to enable implementation of 5G, 5G based technologies, and spectrum access and sharing.

The Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) has established an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) to engage industry and academia to develop and mature technologies in the field of Information Warfare that enhance Navy and Marine Corps mission effectiveness.

IWRP engages industry and academia to develop and mature technologies in the field of Information Warfare that enhance Navy and Marine Corps mission effectiveness, focusing on underlying technologies that advance information warfare capabilities through a consortium that can support research, development and prototyping.



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Dr. Joseph Evans poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Jan. 6, 2020.  (U.S. Army photo by Monica King)

Dr. Joe Evans

Technical Director 5G


Director of 5G Initiatives

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Director of 5G Operations

Subject-matter Experts (SME)

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Dr. Paul Kolodzy

Lead SME

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Warren Pottenger


T. Lauriston Hardin, P.E.
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Dr. Steven G. Pennington


DoD 5G - Prototyping and Experimentation Presentation

Joseph B. Evans
Technical Director for 5G OUSD(R&E)

5G will bring about wireless, ubiquitous connectivity across humans, machines, and the Internet of Things. DOD will adapt 5G and next generation technologies to "operate through" congested and contested spectrum and in spite of compromised networks to ensure maximum readiness, lethality, and partnering among allies. 5G prototyping and experimentation will be conducted in collaboration with the defense industry and commercial suppliers to accelerate U.S. prominence in the 5G global ecosystem.  -

“There is no such thing as a secure system - we can work to make things more secure, be more mindful of vulnerabilities, but ultimately, we must effectively use networks in which we have ‘zero trust.’”
 – Saving Our Spectrum, October 10, 2019

Upcoming Events

ISART 2020

5G Spectrum and a Zero-Trust Network
August 11–13, 2020 • Boulder, Colorado

"Future wireless systems (5G and beyond) will offer major economic benefit to countries and companies that can deploy those networks and services reliably, quickly, and securely.  Spectrum – the foundation for much of 5G – presents unique security challenges, in addition to a multitude of technical, economic, regulatory, and political challenges.  While spectrum security historically focused on jamming, spoofing, and interference, the time has come for governments, industry, and academia to re-examine what spectrum security means." - ISART 2020

Silicon Catalyst is hosting a series of roundtable discussions with the leadership of the 5G-to-Next G Initiative. The 5G-to-NextG Initiative is leading the US Department of Defense’s research and development of fifth-generation wireless technologies. In its endeavors to help semiconductor startups succeed, Silicon Catalyst sees the 5G-to- NextG Initiative as a leading voice in enabling new capabilities and applications within the commercial ecosystem.

Silicon Catalyst and the 5G-to-NextG Initiative look to partner with the private sector to accelerate 5G innovation to rapidly take full advantage of its capabilities, while also addressing the security challenges that 5G presents.

This Energizing Silicon Valley for 5G-to-XG event is a series of four panels focused individually on early startups, transitional startups, venture capitalist, and large companies engaging with the 5G Initiative leadership (Dr. Joe Evans and Ms. Amanda Toman).  Topics will include development of innovative 5G wireless applications and technologies leveraging US entrepreneurial innovations.  

This is a great opportunity to learn about possible applications in which the Department will invest over the next 18 months.