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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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FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr Unveils 5G Agenda

Brendan Carr

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Brendan Carr has proposed a spectrum roadmap and new infrastructure reforms meant to extend U.S. leadership in 5G. He also outlined his plans for 2022, including holding an auction for the 50 MHz of spectrum between 1300-1350 MHz and another auction of millimeter wave spectrum with the 42 GHz band as one of the prime candidates. 

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House Panel Unveils Task Force on Assessing Critical Supply Chains

Supply Chain

The House Armed Services Committee has formed a task force that will work with the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify critical supplies and address potential vulnerabilities in the supply chain. The Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force falls under the leadership of Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., and Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., and will run for three months.

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CISA, NSF, VA Senior Leaders on 5G Deployment, Modernization Issues

DOD 5G Network

Bob Kolasky, assistant director of the National Risk Management Center (NRMC), said the key to 5G implementation is having software security tools to isolate sources of risk and prevent subsequent vulnerabilities. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) official said that isolating elements will make networks easier to handle and enable tech teams to “deal with issues as they emerge.”

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DOD Research & Engineering Heads Talk 5G Experiments, Laser Development, Quantum Computing Efforts

Cryptographic Module

Joseph Evans, a principal director at the Department of Defense (DOD), has said the department is continuing 5G prototyping efforts and that there are plenty of partnership opportunities for industry. 5G has transformational benefits in multiple areas such as internet of things (IoT), unmanned vehicles and sensors, according to Evans.

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DHS Earmarks Funding for Mobile Network Security R&D Projects

Cybersecurity Controls

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has earmarked $2.1 million to support two mobile security research and development projects led by private sector entities. Matthew Hartman, deputy executive assistant director of cybersecurity at CISA, said the projects will help establish a TIC3.0-based overlay that will fortify federal mobile security networks.

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DIU’s Michael Brown: DOD Needs Spending Flexibility to Remain Ahead on Emerging Tech

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, the director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), has said the Department of Defense needs shorter budget cycles to keep up with China. Brown said at a Hudson Institute event that China’s development systems enable the nation to accelerate efforts in areas like 5G, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and autonomy. 

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