On January 7th, Potomac Officers Club’s 5G Summit will feature notable federal and industry leaders on the “5G Space: The Ultimate Connected High Ground” Panel. The panelists will discuss emerging programs, priorities and challenges within the integration process of the new 5G framework.
As emerging technologies continue to become an integral part of business and innovation, leaders across all divisions must stay ahead of the curve to tackle national and global issues.
Potomac Officers Club’s “5G Space: The Ultimate Connected High Ground” Panel will host Jim Brinker, of Intel Federal and 2020 Wash100 awardee, Jeff Reed of Virginia Tech, Jay Yass of Omnispace and Jennifer Warren of Lockheed Martin. The panel will be moderated by Maria Demaree, vice president and general manager of Mission Solutions with Lockheed Martin.
Jim Brinker, President and General Manager of Intel Federal
Jim Brinker, president and general manager of Intel Federal and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has a deep level of government experience. Prior to coming into Intel Federal, he was responsible for driving worldwide Exascale relationships, within the Extreme Compute Organization.
He also served as the senior director of Worldwide Sales for the Direct Systems Sales organization in SMG. Prior to joining Intel, Brinker spent more than a decade at Silicon Graphics International. Brinker previously served as president of SGI Federal LLC. He has also held strategic positions at AT&T, Sony and Cisco.
Brinker recently discussed how 5G network technology could help the government better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies.
“The main benefit of 5G, especially for public sector applications, is the enablement of machine-to-machine communications,” Brinker wrote. “5G also enables massive machine type computations, which lead to the low-latency computing required of real-time applications.”
He said 5G could be integrated with sensors to monitor people’s health and generate digital profiles, which could help first responders and health care professionals improve contact tracing efforts and identify infection hotspots.
“The key will be finding the balance between the need to employ technologies like 5G to enhance health contact tracing capability and the need to protect individual data and privacy,” Brinker added.
Jeff Reed, Willis G. Worcester Professor & Founding Director of Wireless@ Virginia Tech
In 2009, Reed served as the founding faculty member and interim director of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. From 2019 to 2020, he served as the interim director for the State of Virginia’s Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.
Reed’s area of expertise is in software radios, smart antennas, wireless networks, and communications signal processing. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited eleven books and proceedings, contributed to six books, and authored or co-authored over three hundred journal and conference papers.
Virginia Tech recently announced that it will expand its research bandwidth. The Virginia Tech Foundation bought eight blocks of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) auction.
As owner of priority access licenses (PALs) for four 10MHz blocks in Montgomery County and four blocks in Craig County, the university will likely use the spectrum to create a private 4G/LTE network and, later, a private 5G/LTE network for use on campus.
Reed noted that he is excited about the research possibilities of a new broadband bandwidth block purchased by the university.
Jennifer Warren, Vice President, Technology Policy & Regulation in Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Government Affairs
In her role, Warren is responsible for leading the development and implementation of corporate domestic and international regulatory and associated policy strategies affecting Lockheed Martin business interests and opportunities; her portfolio includes spectrum, space/launch, 5G, unmanned aerial systems, ocean minerals and emerging technologies.
Warren is also the appointed chair of the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC), and appointed member of the NASA Advisory Council’s Regulatory Policy Committee.
Jay Yass Chief Corporate Development Officer Omnispace
Yass joined Omnispace in 2017 to lead Corporate Development which includes marketing, sales and related commercial activities. Prior to Omnispace, Yass led Intelsat’s global Business Development activities.
During Yass’ fourteen-year tenure at Intelsat he led key strategic investments and partnerships and was instrumental in developing Intelsat’s mobility strategy and product launch. Yass is a four-decade veteran of the satellite industry, successfully leading the early adoption of innovative technologies for new and disruptive business models.
During the 5G Summit, Dr. Joe Evans, principal director for 5G in the Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (Modernization) within the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, will be featured as keynote speaker.