July 15, 2019

Fast-Forward with 5G

Source: Air Force Magazine

Journalist: Rachel S. Cohen

Sometimes the most valuable military assets are those you can't see. That may be the case with 5G—the lightning-fast, next-generation wireless network technologies that commercial network providers such as Verizon and AT&T are now bringing online.

5G is more than a better, faster cell phone network. It’s a transformative data-sharing and communications capability that will radically increase bandwidth and speed, enabling nascent technologies such as artificial intelligence to deliver their full potential over wireless connections. That means enhanced command and control and situational awareness for everything from driverless technology and improved traffic flow to predictive maintenance and high-fidelity simulation and training.

5G employs compression technology and high-speed transmission to increase wireless network speeds twentyfold over today’s 4G LTE networks. That kind of performance will reduce latency, or lag time, which is what makes real-time uses like driverless cars possible.

Read the full article and more in Air Force Magazine.


  • 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...