Tag Archives: 5G

AT&T’s FirstNet Selected to Provide U.S. Air Force With First Responder Communications Platform; Lance Spencer Quoted

Lance Spencer

The U.S. Air Force has tapped AT&T to provide its FirstNet broadband communications platform to enhance communications for public safety personnel and first responders at 15 bases across the country, with the possibility for future expansion. FirstNet will support secure interoperable voice, data and video communications with priority and preemption for on- and off-base first responders.

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Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel Names Leaders, Members of New Communications Council

Jessica Rosenworcel

Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has appointed members of a reestablished group that will recommend ways to bolster 5G security. Billy Bob Brown, executive assistant director for emergency communications at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Nasrin Rezai, senior vice president and chief information security officer at Verizon Communications, co-chair the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council. 

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VA Working on 5G, Augmented Reality-Enabled X-Ray Vision for Doctors; Thomas Osborne Quoted

Thomas Osborne

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) healthcare innovation office is eyeing the use of wireless 5G and augmented reality (AR) to enable the superimposition of medical imaging on patients. Thomas Osborne, National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI) director, explained that the goal is to provide doctors with an “X-ray vision” of their clients “for safer and more effective procedures."

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DHS Tasks Texas-Based Small Business to Develop Small Drone Tracker in Urban Canyons

Cobalt Solutions

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Texas-based small business Cobalt Solutions funding to develop its Urban Canyon Detection Tracking and Identification of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles system. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II award tasks Cobalt to keep working on a system that uses commercial 5G signals to find adversarial small UAVs in urban canyon environments, DHS said Monday.

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Amanda Toman Named Acting Principal Director for 5G Initiative at DOD

Amanda Toman

Amanda Toman reportedly assumed the role of acting principal director for 5G initiative at the Department of Defense following Joseph Evans' departure from the role within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in mid-August. The temporary Pentagon 5G lead has worked the department for over a decade now.

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FCC Announces 2 New Innovation Zones to Advance Open RAN, 5G Tech Research Efforts

5G technology

The Federal Communications Commission has designated new innovation zones near Northeastern University in Boston and North Carolina State University in Raleigh to enable qualified licensees to conduct research and test Open Radio Access Network, 5G technologies and other advanced wireless network and communications platforms.

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James Beutel: 5G May Help Air Force Unlock Modern Data Applications

James Beutel

James Beutel, deputy chief technology officer at the Department of the Air Force, said 5G has the potential to serve as a gateway for a range of “futuristic” data-centric applications including artificial intelligence. He said at the Verizon-sponsored Federal Insights discussion that 5G could allow for head-up displays, virtual reality and other applications with the potential to speed up data transmissions.

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Rep. Rick Larsen Highlights Need for U.S. Investment in Military Software Capabilities

Rep. Rick Larsen

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., said the U.S. should invest in military software capabilities, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, to better compete with China. He also noted that the Pentagon is taking advantage of AI investments the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has made in the past four decades and that 5G networks should not be easily breached.

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Gen. Mark Milley Testifies Before House Panel on FY 2022 Defense Budget Request

Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget of $715 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) seeks to strike a balance between future modernization and readiness. Milley said investments in such technologies are aligned with the Pentagon’s joint warfighting concept. 

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U.S., Albania Sign MOU to Advance 5G Security; Antony Blinken Quoted

Antony Blinken

The U.S. and Albania have agreed to facilitate the development of secure 5G and 4G networks and protect such networks from foreign adversaries. Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed the memorandum of understanding with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Sunday during a meeting in Brussels.

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