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Navy, Marine Corps CIOs Call for Tech to Expand Spectrum Environment

RadioTowerThe chief information officers of the departments of the Navy and Marine Corps have called for fresh technologies to maintain the use of wireless systems despite a shrinking spectrum, FedScoop reported Thursday.

Navy CIO Rob Foster along with Marine Corps CIO Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall spoke at AFCEA NOVA’s Naval IT Day, where both CIOs discussed their services’ need for new technologies to help address the limited spectrum environment, Billy Mitchell reports.

“[There’s] a very big demand for spectrum, and we in the military, or we in the federal government, don’t have a whole lot of push when it comes to changing that economic tidal wave,” said Foster.

“The challenge is, what can we do with the technology of both the transmit and receive, encrypt/decrypt, compress/decompress, and operate in the same space so there’s not interference?”

Foster added that spectrum must also be considered as one factor in the development of larger-scale technologies as frequencies tend to change with long development cycles, Mitchell reports.

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