Consulting firm McAleese & Associates has released a report on key takeaways from the speech of Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, at an Atlantic Council event held Monday.
Lord, a 2019 Wash100 recipient, called on the U.S. government to come up with a “whole-of-government” strategy to deploy a 5G network backed by industry and the investment community amid the increasing national security threat posed by the Chinese 5G network infrastructure.
“We need to be secure … and have a self-healing network,” she said. “In 5G, there will be huge amounts of data moving … We have to use communications networks … We need to make sure that others are not listening in.”
Lord mentioned China’s involvement in the theft of U.S. intellectual property and exfiltration of controlled unclassified information.