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/
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 to Next G Initiative Thrusts
Accelerate Use: Prototypes and Experiments
Operate Through: Secure Use /Insecure Environments
Innovate: Beyond 5G Technologies.
Systems and Management
5G in the News
The Latest RFPs
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.