Frederick Moorefield, deputy chief information officer of the Department of Defense, said Chinese, Russian and other near-peer countries' push for the development of electromagnetic warfare capabilities is one of the reasons why the U.S. should renew its engagement with the development of international law regarding telecommunications standards, Breaking Defense reported Friday.
Speaking at an Association of Old Crows event, he stressed the need for U.S. to contribute to the writing of said legislation to maintain strategic overmatch amid power competition with other countries.
"We must continue to optimize our engagement with the UN International Telecommunication Union World Radio Conference to ensure spectrum policies are favorable to U.S. economic, science, and national security interests,” said Moorefield.
According to him, forming coalition partnerships focused on the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) is also key to ensuring that future EMS activities are not boxed by non-U.S. capability.
He added that DOD recognizes the importance of having access to the lower 600 mhz bands and 37 ghz bands for the military application of the 5G technology.
"DOD sees a huge opportunity to leverage 5G capabilities and cost efficiencies of the technology for a worldwide range of DOD operations," shared Moorefield.