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GAO Assesses 5G Strategy Against Six Key Characteristics of Effective National Strategies

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the National Strategy to Secure 5G released by the White House in March 2020 and found that the document partially addressed five of the six desirable characteristics for an effective national strategy.

GAO said in a report published Wednesday those partially addressed characteristics were purpose, scope and methodology; organizational roles, responsibilities and coordination; integration and implementation; goals, subordinate objectives, activities and performance measures; and problem definition and risk assessment.

The 5G strategy failed to address the characteristic of results, investments and risk management, including the lack of cost estimates and the type of investments and resources needed to implement the strategy.

GAO called on the assistant to the president for national security affairs to collaborate with the National Security Council (NSC) and National Economic Council to ensure that the 5G strategy meets all of those six characteristics.

“Until the Administration assures that the implementation plan fully addresses all elements of the six desirable characteristics, the plan will provide limited guidance to decision makers about allocating resources to address 5G risks and challenges,” the GAO report states.

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