DoD 5G To Next G Initiative 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.

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.  -https://www.cto.mil/modernization-priorities/

5G to Next G Initiative Thrusts

Accelerate Use: Prototypes and Experiments

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

Operate Through: Secure Use /Insecure Environments

Ensure that US forces can operate through wherever and whenever we deploy

Innovate: Beyond 5G Technologies.

Develop enhanced 5G technology and invest in future “Next G” technologies

LEADERSHIP

Dr Joe Evans

Dr. Joe Evans

Technical Director 5G

Amanda Toman

Amanda Toman

Director of 5G Initiatives

Larry “Lee” Hencshel

Larry “Lee” Hencshel

Director of 5G Operations

Dr. Keith Gremban

Accelerate Use:
Tranche 1

Accelerate Use:
Tranche 2

Operate Through:
Secure Operations

Innovate:
Beyond 5G

Paul Kolodzy Picture (2020)
Dr. Paul Kolodzy

Chief Technologist

T. Lauriston Hardin, P.E.
T. Lauriston Hardin, P.E.

5G Systems

Khine Latt
Khine Latt

Systems and Management

Warren Pottenger 2
Warren Pottenger

5G Technology

StevenPennington
Dr. Steven Pennington

Networks

Upcoming Events

Beyond 5G Workshops

Coming September 2020

News

Press Conferences will be announced here.

5G in the News

7/31/2020

Marines pilot 5G in ‘living lab’ at Miramar BY | JUL 31, 2020 “As the first military base to deploy Verizon’s 5G ultra wideband, Marine Corps …

Read More →

7/28/2020

Joint Statement on Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2020 JULY 28, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper hosted Minister for …

Read More →

7/27/2020

Marine Corps base gets military’s first look at ‘ultra wideband’ 5G JUL 27, 2020 | FEDSCOOP “Another military base has been added to the growing list …

Read More →

7/22/2020

U.S. Marine Corps, Verizon Launch ‘Living Lab’ to Test 5G JUL 22, 2020 | NextGOV Officials will explore defense applications of the maturing technology on …

Read More →

7/13/2020

DOD Names Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering JUNE 3, 2020 Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper announced today that Michael …

Read More →

06/02/2020

DOD Names Seven Installations as Sites for Second Round of 5G Technology Testing, Experimentation JUNE 3, 2020 The Department of Defense has named seven U.S. …

Read More →

The Latest RFPs

Consortiums

The National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) 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.

Silicon Catalyst hosted 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.

Learn about possible applications in which the Department will invest over the next 18 months.