Potomac Officers Club (POC) hosted its Fall 2021 5G Summit this past Thursday to bring the members of the government contracting (GovCon) community together with executives and personnel from across the federal government, military branches and intelligence community to explore the impact 5G integration has on the private and public sectors, as well as future programs, plans and priorities as the nation aligns with emerging technology.
Following an opening keynote address from Jay Dryer, director of the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), the latest 5G Summit moved into its first expert panel discussion to provide a look into the commercial side of 5G implementation with Dwayne Florenzie of the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Jeff Reed of Virginia Tech, Daniel Duvak of the Department of the U.S. Army and Dan Beaman of Palo Alto Networks.
Commercial 5G, DOD 5G Development
Dawna Morningstar, director of the NextGen Solutions Division for Mission Solutions with Lockheed Martin, acted as the moderator of the panel. She took the platform and welcomed the virtual audience to the first-panel discussion of the day.
Her opening remarks set the tone for the topics to come from the expert panelists, including how commercial and DOD 5G ecosystems can be utilized to provide persistent, resilient, all domain connectivity.
“As we leverage the breadth of capabilities and services coming from commercial 5G technologies and being able to leverage them to address our DOD use cases,” said Morningstar. “5G brings greater bandwidth, higher capacity to reduce latency, and a significant increase in the number of connected devices, which allows us to drive the internet of things to new levels.”
As she get the stage for the rest of the panel and moved on to introduce the esteemed panelists from across the federal sector, Morningstar introduced Dan Duvak, deputy assistant director for Network and Spectrum Dominance for the DEVCOM C5ISR Center with the Department of the Army, to discuss 5G exploration and the creation of a new network of technologies to support critical missions.
In his own opening remarks as a panelist, Duvak mentioned Jay Dryer’s keynote address to bring the audience back to the concept of leveraging 5G technology and asked a number of strong questions to get the conversation going, including:
How can we use the 5G that’s available to us now?
Can we use 5G capabilities for training purposes?
How can we use that to pass data during experimentation?
What do we need to do to leverage 5G to create an advantage for our warfighters?
Dr. Jeff Kleck, director of the Cyber Portfolio with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), presented his thoughts on the collaboration of the DOD with other federal agencies as well as the struggles of 5G rollout in the second keynote address of the day before the next expert panel was brought to the platform to discuss the NextG program and the Space Infrastructure for 5G.
NextG program and the Space Infrastructure for 5G.
The second expert panel of Potomac Officers Club’s 5G Summit featured Martin Amen of Cubic Nuvotronics as the moderator with Amanda Toman and Dr. Sumit Roy of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Leland Brown of Intel Federal and Dr. Tom Rondeau of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).
Martin Amen opened the second-panel discussion of the day with some of the most significant members under the 5G implementation umbrella to provide a look into a developing area of 5G and “NextG” with the emergence of space, satellite constellations, multiple domains, emerging standard groups and the challenges of global network infrastructure.
Amen introduced Amanda Toman, acting principal director of 5G for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E), to the panel. Toman’s expertise shined through her opening remarks regarding the challenges of setting DOD adoption of 5G early, the concerns of 5G security standards and understanding our vulnerabilities as well as innovation and ensuring that federal agencies don’t fall behind on 5G or even 6G in the future.
As the second panel rolled on, Dr. Sumit Roy of OUSD R&E, Leland Brown of Intel Federal and Dr. Tom Rondeau of DARPA were all given the opportunity to share their perspectives and expertise in 5G development as Potomac Officers Club’s 5G Summit continued with the panel discussion as well as another keynote address from AD Bob Kolasky, director of the National Risk Management Center (NRMC).
On Wednesday, Sept. 22st, Potomac Officers Club will host its Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change in Industry, Government and Society Virtual Forum to define a clear picture of the challenges that the U.S. and the rest of the world are facing as well as some of the most significant questions surrounding climate change, including:
How are human health and the health of the planet affected by climate change?
What are the most notable gaps in how we respond to climate change?
What role should government play in addressing climate change?
Dr. Renee McPherson, university director for the University of Oklahoma’s South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Forum to discuss the societal and ecological impacts of climate variability and change as well as its long-term impact on the health of the Earth, our national security and way of life.
Visit PotomacOfficersClub.com to register for the platform’s Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change in Industry, Government and Society on Sept. 22nd.