The Department of Defense (DoD) has unveiled a new strategy to advance the adoption of secure and resilient 5G networks and stay ahead of potential adversaries.
DoD’s 5G Strategy will support national efforts to advance the 5G capabilities of the U.S. and its partners, promote awareness of national security risks posed by 5G and come up with approaches to safeguard 5G technologies and infrastructure to achieve key outcomes, such as having resilient capabilities leveraging ubiquitous connectivity and assured global spectrum access within contested and congested environments.
The strategy has four lines of effort: promote technology development; assess, operate and mitigate through 5G vulnerabilities; influence 5G standards and policies; and engage partners.
To advance technology development, the Pentagon will host 5G industry demonstrations, promote national and international standards with regard to millimetre-wave technologies, pursue the development of technologies needed for real-time spectrum sharing, advance open architecture and virtualization and launch workforce development efforts.
DoD’s strategic plan aligns with the Trump administration’s National Strategy to Secure 5G and the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.