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How DOD Is Working to Share Confidential, Critical Spectrum Network Access With Industry; John Sherman Quoted

How DOD Is Working to Share Confidential, Critical Spectrum Network Access With Industry; John Sherman Quoted

One of the more ambitious missions of the U.S. Department of Defense in recent memory is its dynamic spectrum sharing, or DSS, framework. This initiative aims to identify a pathway to securely open up a spectrum band to commercial wireless users that is typically used for critical military purposes like missile deterrence.

The DOD’s work toward this lofty goal is seen as a ‘moonshot,’ according to reporting by Fierce Network published last week. Leland Brown, principal engineer and federal director of advanced wireless communications for defense and aerospace at Capgemini, shared the article on LinkedIn.

Brown will be a panelist at Potomac Officers Club’s upcoming 2024 5G Forum. This intimate breakfast event will gather government contractors interested in defense communications to hear from some of the top government and industry voices on 5G and beyond. Register here for the May 22 event now!

“We get it at DOD that economic security is national security. Advances in 5G and next G [do] enhance our national security,” commented DOD Chief Information Officer and 2024 Wash100 Award winner John Sherman when discussing the DSS plan.

In activating DDS, the DOD hopes to utilize the Radio Intelligent Controller — a.k.a. RIC — a facet of the open radio access network, or RAN, to maintain a quick and efficient sharing of the 3.1-3.45 GHz band spectrum on commercial networks, while including elements of the existing system. If carried out correctly, the work will build on and ameliorate the spectrum sharing conducted for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, the inaugural dynamic regime of its kind for the government.

In his comments, Sherman acknowledged the difficulty of the task of instituting a safe, usable and fast national DDS system. DOD officials are aiming to produce a next-generation prototype to model the targeted system, with the help of the National Information and Telecommunications Administration, academia and, of course, industry.

Come to the Potomac Officers Club’s 5G Forum to learn more about spectrum, next G and other modernized communications tactics the DOD is calling upon to grow and keep pace with our rapidly evolving technological world. Register here now. The May 22nd event will be held at Falls Church, Virginia’s scenic and delicious 2941 Restaurant.

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