Tag Archives: 5G

CRS Issues Report on 5G Tech’s National Security Implications

Congressional Research

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report outlining some of the national security implications of 5G-enabled mobile technologies. CRS said in the April 23rd report that Congress may consider policies for national security, spectrum management, and military operations as 5G platforms are developed and fielded. 

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DOD Deputy CIO Frederick Moorefield Highlights Need U.S. to Join International Spectrum Policies Development

Frederick Moorefield

Frederick Moorefield, deputy chief information officer (CIO) of the Department of Defense (DOD), said Chinese, Russian and other near-peer countries' push for the development of electromagnetic warfare capabilities is one of the principal reasons why the U.S. should renew its engagement with the development of international law regarding telecommunications standards.

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FCC Wants Advisory Panel to Focus on 5G Network Security; Jessica Rosenworcel Quoted

Jessica Rosenworcel

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will reestablish a federal advisory committee by the end of June 2021 that will focus on improving the security of 5G networks. The Communications Security, Realibility and Interoperability Council will also review vulnerabilities related to software and cloud services and come up with mitigation strategies.

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NSA to Publish 5G Security Guide This Spring; Wendy Noble Quoted

Wendy Noble

The National Security Agency (NSA) plans to publish unclassified guidance to educate the public on the security risks of 5G infrastructure. Wendy Noble, executive director of NSA, said the agency plans to release the document in spring. ESF’s 5G-focused work generally aims to model related threats, maximize virtualization and help 5G infrastructure recover from potential attacks.

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Perspecta Labs Receives $8.1M in Contracts to Develop 5G Smart Warehouse; Petros Mouchtaris Quoted

Petros Mouchtaris

The Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded a pair of contracts with a ceiling value of $8.1 million over three years to Perspecta Labs to work on the U.S. Navy’s 5G Smart Warehouse reported on Wednesday. Perspecta Labs will create an end-to-end security solution for a 5G connection between devices and logistic servers.

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NIST Seeks to Advance 5G With New Atom-Based Sensor Demo; Chris Holloway Quoted

Atom-Based Sensor Demo

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers and collaborators have determined the direction or the “angle of arrival” of an incoming radio signal using an atom-based sensor. “This new work, in conjunction with our previous work on atom-based sensors and receivers, gets us one step closer to a true atom-based communication system to benefit 5G and beyond,” said project leader Chris Holloway.

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AT&T Announces Three Major FirstNet Service Upgrades; Jason Porter Quoted

FirstNet

AT&T announced on Thursday three significant milestones for FirstNet that will support and meet first responder needs. They are a first responder-centric approach to 5G use, comprehensive tower-to-core network encryption and the FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition to better support responders holistically. The final new milestone for FirstNet is the Health & Wellness Coalition. 

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Cubic Subsidiary Nuvotronics Awarded Contract to Support DOD’s ‘5G to Next G’ Program; Martin Amen Quoted

Cubic Nuvotronics

Nuvotronics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cubic Corporation, has been awarded a $10 million contract from the Department of Defense (DOD). Cubic Nuvotronics will support the DoD’s “5G to Next G” Program which was established to accelerate the implementation of wireless communications for the military. The program hopes to develop an advanced backhaul radio. 

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Lockheed Martin, Omnispace Join Forces to Create Space-Based 5G Capability; Rick Ambrose Quoted

Rick Ambrose

Lockheed Martin announced on Tuesday the company has entered into a strategic interest agreement with Omnispace LLC to explore creating 5G capability from outer space jointly. The companies’ shared vision to revolutionize mobile communication with a global 5G space solution would be the first-ever dual-use 5G platform for commercial and government missions.  

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Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble: Army Funneling $800M for Organic Industrial Base Modernization

Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble

Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy chief of staff, G-4, at the U.S. Army, said the service branch is investing $800 million to update its arsenals, ammunition plants and depots. He noted that the service has executed workforce rejuvenation efforts and is looking into establishing a nitric acid complex within the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Tennessee. 

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