DoD Officials Testify Before Senate Panel Over FCC Decision on Ligado Application

Officials with the Department of Defense (DoD) appeared Wednesday before the Senate Armed Service Committee to oppose the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of Ligado’s application to use the L-band spectrum to field a 5G network, citing its potential risk to GPS networks, CNBC reported Wednesday.

“Ligado and 5G simply do not go together. It is clear to the DoD that the risk to GPS far outweighs the benefits of this FCC decision and the FCC needs to reverse their decision,” said Dana Deasy, chief information officer of DoD and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner.

Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations within the Space Force and a 2020 Wash100 Awardee, also responded to the Senate panel’s question about the significance of GPS to military operations. “It’s the DNA of our way of war. It’s systemic in everything that we do,” he said.

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering and a two-time Wash100 Award recipient, also joined Deasy and Raymond during the Senate committee hearing.

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This year represents our sixth annual Wash100 Award selection. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic’s organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, achievement, and vision.

Visit the Wash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2020 Wash100 Award. On the site, you can submit your 10 votes for the GovCon executives of consequence that you believe will have the most significant impact in 2020.

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