International telecommunications standards will set the stage for future electronic warfare, so the US must actively engage in writing those standards at the UN, Frederick Moorefield, the Pentagon’s Deputy Chief Information Officer, says.

“Let’s talk about partnerships. We must continue to optimize our engagement with the UN International Telecommunication Union World Radio Conference to ensure spectrum policies are favorable to US economic, science, and national security interests,” Moorefield said.

Moorefield’s spoke late on April 13 as the closing keynote for the Association of Old Crows EMS Summit.

Crucial to this task is making sure the international rules on 5G, a technology that has primarily seen use in the commercial arena, can accommodate military use. The Pentagon has invested heavily in understanding and developing 5G to facilitate everything from edge processing on bases to streamlining existing communication channels. Getting the most out of 5G means not just understanding the tech as delivered, but working to write the rules that governs all equipment using the RF spectrum.

“Work to make spectrum available for 5G is not solely a commercial interest,” said Moorefield. “DoD sees a huge opportunity to leverage 5G capabilities and cost efficiencies of the technology for a worldwide range of DoD operations.”

Accessing the lower 600 mhz band and 37 ghz bands are very important to the department, Moorefield said.

Breaking Defense has previously reported that the Biden administration might continue a Trump-era push on setting rules for space policy. It is possible that this same push towards reenagement could be seen in setting international telecommunications standards, too. As Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said in her confirmation hearing, the Biden Administration is invested in “developing best practices, standards, and norms of behavior in space.”


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