The Department of Defense (DoD) is requesting a budget of $484 million for 5G technology efforts in fiscal year 2021, DoD News reported Thursday.
Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering and two-time Wash100 Award winner, revealed this information at this year's McAleese Defense Programs Conference that took place in Washington, D.C. He said the department seeks to use militarize 5G technology and protect the resulting network from threats.
"What we're trying to do with 5G is help keep DOD up to where the commercial telecom providers are eventually going to go," he said.
The undersecretary noted that part of the funds would support 5G projects at five locations including Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
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