U.S. military has big plans for the kinds of new applications that 5G communications networks will enable

Dec. 16, 2019
As 5G technology is rolled out, the Pentagon wants to pursue what it calls dynamic spectrum sharing between the military and industry.

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is launching a new initiative that will shape its long-term plans for integrating 5G networks into U.S. military operations. National Defense magazine reports.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

16 Dec. 2019 -- The term 5G refers to the oncoming fifth generation of wireless networks and technologies that will yield a major improvement in data speed, volume and latency over today’s fourth-generation networks, known as 4G.

5G networks are expected to be as much as 20 times as fast as 4G. The improved connectivity may enable a slew of new technologies, such as hypersonic weapons, resilient satellite constellations and mesh networks.

5G communications are a top priority for the office of the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, and the Pentagon is kicking off a new effort to experiment with the technology for various mission sets.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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