Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the development of 5G will play a key role in DoD’s Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept, National Defense reported Wednesday.
“This technology can enhance something as simple as virtual reality training or as ambitious as the connectivity of systems for JADC2,” Esper said of 5G during his speech at the Air Force Association’s virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference on Wednesday.
He said 5G-backed JADC2 will enable the military to share and synchronize data across systems and ground, air, maritime, space and cyber domains. He noted that 5G could help meet one of the goals of the National Defense Strategy by advancing the development of a joint warfighting concept needed to facilitate operations across all domains.
Esper told conference attendees that the U.S. Air Force is leading modernization initiatives for JADC2 and 5G through the Advanced Battle Management System.
“The Air Force is … leading the way with a number of 5G experiments that will assess spectrum sharing, improve aircraft mission readiness and enable air, space and cyberspace lethality,” Esper added.
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