The scope of the request for information includes the broad spectrum range the department currently uses and all approaches to spectrum management, including ways to share spectrum with civilian and military users, DoD said Friday.
The Pentagon seeks insights on how the department can own and run 5G networks to support domestic operations and whether there are new technologies or methods that could make additional mid-band spectrum available for 5G faster.
DoD also wants information on technologies that could allow civilian users to share spectrum faster and other innovative concepts that could enable 5G to share spectrum with ground-based, ship-based and airborne radar operations in the 3100-3500 megahertz spectrum band.
The department also wants to know if there are possible national security issues with regard to DoD’s sharing with commercial 5G, potential barriers to dynamic spectrum sharing and availability of standards that could help speed up spectrum repurposing decisions.
“We hope our industry partners will come forward with innovative ideas to address the questions in this RFI,” said Dana Deasy, chief information officer of DoD and a 2020 Wash100 awardee. “What we learn in this effort has potential to benefit the entire nation and keep the U.S. as the global leader of 5G technology for many years to come.”
Responses to the RFI are due Oct. 19.