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.
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.
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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/
“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
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"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