Securing Our 5G Future

5th Generation (5G) wireless promises to be a foundational next-generation technology that will be vital to enabling the next industrial revolution. The nation that leads in this technology could shift the global center of gravity for growth and innovation, and a secure 5G infrastructure is essential to U.S. security. The U.S. government must work collaboratively with industry and allied and partner nations to develop policy and technical solutions for secure 5G development.

Securing Our 5G Future will explore the opportunities and challenges of 5G in a world of highly globalized and competitive innovation. This project will establish an ongoing dialogue among policymakers, technical experts, and industry leaders while undertaking multidisciplinary analysis. The project will offer actionable recommendations for how U.S. policymakers can partner with the private sector and collaborate with allied and partner nations to ensure the development of secure 5G networks.

Securing Our 5G Future involves the following research programs:

Reading List

The Center for a New American Security is closely following the evolving conversation around 5G and national security. As a result, the Center has developed a curated reading list with reports and essays on the current status of U.S., Chinese, and international initiatives in the development and deployment of 5G technologies.

Click here to explore the Center's curated reading list.

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Technology & National Security

Why China’s Military Wants to Beat the US to a Next-Gen Cell Network

The race for 5G — the next-generation cell-network technology that promises high speed, low latency, and high throughput — has emerged as a new frontier of rivalry in U.S.-Chi...

Technology & National Security

China’s Threat to American Government and Private Sector Research and Innovation Leadership

Submitted Written Testimony...

Energy, Economics, & Security

5G: National Security Concerns, Intellectual Property Issues, and the Impact on Competition and Innovation

Submitted Written Testimony Chairman Graham, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Honorable Members of the Committee: Thank you for inviting me to testify today on an issue critical ...

Transatlantic Security

U.S. Campaign to Ban Huawei Overseas Stumbles as Allies Resist

The Trump administration’s aggressive campaignto prevent countries from using Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications equipment in their next-generation wireless networks ...

Energy, Economics, & Security

We Can’t Tell if Chinese Firms Work for the Party

On Jan. 28, the U.S. Justice Department announced two indictments against China’s largest telecommunications company, Huawei, alleging that the company tried to steal informat...

Asia-Pacific Security

The Global Battle Over 5G: Trump And Huawei

President Trump may be about to ban Chinese companies from selling high-speed 5G network tech to the US. But the real war against global giant Huawei – and the Chinese spies i...