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Benjamin Pimentel, Marine Corps Lead, Warfighter Engagement Technical Lead, USMC, Speaking at the 10th Annual Defense R&D Summit

Benjamin Pimentel, Marine Corps Lead, Warfighter Engagement Technical Lead, USMC, Speaking at the 10th Annual Defense R&D Summit

Benjamin Pimentel is a U.S. Marine Corps Lead for Warfighter Engagement, FutureG & 5G at the DoD’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering. He is one of the speakers for the Potomac Officers Club’s 10th Annual Defense R&D on January 31, 2024. 


Get to know more about Benjamin Pimentel here. 


Who is Benjamin Pimentel?


Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Pimentel, a Marine Corps Communications Officer and Electronics Engineer, began serving at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2007. 


He is keenly interested in addressing the complexities of planning, setting up, operating, and sustaining command and control (C2) networks in expeditionary settings, including Japan,  Afghanistan, and South Korea. 


Lt. Col. Pimentel has served in various roles as Aide-de-Camp, including the Commanding General of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. In 2022, he joined the Force Design Research Group and is currently working with the FutureG Office in the Office of the Under Secretary.


Benjamin Pimentel’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.


Catch Benjamin Pimentel at the Potomac Officers Club’s 10th Annual R&D Summit


To stay ahead and make an impact globally, being agile, innovative, and tech-savvy is a must in today’s world. In this event, top defense leaders, researchers, and decision-makers talk about the newest high-tech advancements for the U.S. military.


Benjamin Pimentel is one of the panelists for “Intelligent NetOps”. He will be joined by other  panelists, including Juan Ramirez from the Department of Defense and Dr. Martin Weiss from the Office of Undersecretary for Defense Research and Engineering. Kevin Stiles also joins as the moderator.


Benjamin Pimentel is an important speaker for the event because he is currently part of the Force Design Research Group, working at the FutureG Office in the Office of the Under Secretary. These roles make him highly relevant as a speaker, as he’s actively involved in exploring and implementing the latest technologies and strategies for the Marine Corps.


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Benjamin Pimentel on 5G


Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Pimentel, a communications officer and electronics engineer at the Marine Corps, knows a lot about 5G technology. He leverages his knowledge and expertise to improve information-sharing and decision-making, especially across various defense agencies.


5G in the government


Lt. Col. Pimentel has worked on projects that help 5G work well in remote places, like islands. He believes 5G can help with precise flying over long distances or quickly moving surveillance and intelligence gathering.


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Safe use of 5G


An expert in network security, Lt. Col. Pimentel sees “zero trust” as a way to use 5G safely and effectively. This method helps separate the network into different sections to control access, which is important for the U.S. Marine Corps’ mobility.


5G in electromagnetic spectrum operations


Benjamin Pimentel noted the strategic advantage of utilizing 5G technology in the context of military operations. When operating within a host nation’s 5G infrastructure, the military can blend into normal network traffic, making it more difficult for adversaries to discern and disrupt their communications. This way, when adversaries try to disrupt the Marine’s network and military communications, it would also negatively affect their own network.


Robustness in nonorthogonal multiple access (NOMA) 5G networks


Using temporal network theory, Benjamin Pimentel and his colleagues’ research study examined how strong and resilient nonorthogonal multiple access (NOMA) is in 5G networks. Since 5G networks have various uses and technologies, measuring the strength of the network is important to see how much data it can handle. The paper focused on the effects of overloading on the network’s strength, which helps in designing optimal 5G NOMA networks.

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