August 13, 2020

A Plan to Turn Military Bases Into ‘Sandboxes’ for 5G

Featuring Elsa B. Kania

Source: Wired

Journalist Will Knight

The U.S. government thinks the military could help whip the country’s 5G industry into shape.

Michael Kratsios, the acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, Thursday laid out a plan to turn US military bases into sandboxes for 5G experimentation. He also described a vision for advancing US military use of 5G, microelectronics, and artificial intelligence technology to counter one big threat—China.

“An emboldened and increasingly aggressive Chinese Communist Party is building and deploying some of the most advanced weapons,” Kratsios said in remarks prepared for a virtual event hosted by Georgetown University. He said China is using its “newfound economic and technological power to undermine our safety, our security, and our freedom.”

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Authors

  • Elsa B. Kania

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research focuses on Chinese military...