During Potomac Officers Club’s 5G Summit, notable private and public sector executives will discuss the impact that innovative technologies and 5G integration have on the private and public sectors, the steps the federal agencies have taken to remain up to speed with the rapid advancement of technology, and the future programs, plans and priorities as the nation aligns with emerging technology.
Dr. Joe Evans, technical director for 5G, reporting directly to the undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, will be featured as the keynote speaker.
Evans will be joined by Maj. Gen. Kimberly Crider, mobilization assistant to the chief of space operations with the Technology Innovation Office at the Department of the Air Force. Crider will also serve as a keynote speaker during the summit.
“The advanced capabilities of 5G can bring significant advantages to commercial and government applications for GEOINT,” said Jill Singer, vice president of National Security for AT&T’s Global Public Sector, 2020 Wash100 Award recipient and GovCon Expert.
In April 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a request for prototype proposals (RPP) seeking spectrum-sharing concepts from members of the National Spectrum Consortium to support 5G development and testing activities at military bases in Utah.
NSC said the Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Prototype effort covers the design, construction and operation of a testbed to demonstrate a 5G cellular network in airborne radio communications.
The solicitation follows two initial requests for 5G “smart warehouse” concepts at a U.S. Marine Corps Base and a third RPP for 5G-driven augmented and virtual reality applications at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. The final 5G testing request that the DoD intends to release will take place at the Utah Test and Training Range and at the Hill Air Force Base.
In addition to DoD’s RPP, the department also asked industry to provide information on novel platforms and technologies that could enable dynamic spectrum sharing and support 5G deployment in Sept. 2020.
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.
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.
“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.”
Potomac Officers Club will also host two expert panels, “5G Space: The Ultimate Connected High Ground” Panel and “The DoD Journey to 5G” Panel, which will further address the integration and prioritization of 5G networks.
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.
Join Potomac Officers Club’s 5G Summit to hear notable federal and industry leaders further discuss emerging programs, priorities and challenges within the integration process of the new 5G framework.