Navy CIO provides officials authority to speed up 5G deployment

By Mallory Shelbourne / May 18, 2020 at 2:12 PM

Navy Chief Information Officer Aaron Weis earlier this month provided service officials the authority to speed up the deployment of 5G on military installations.

In a May 8 memo, Weis gave commanders the ability to speed up the installation of 5G if an Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) study is ongoing, but not close to its conclusion.

When "wireless broadband providers are constructing broadband infrastructure to operate in locations where broadband infrastructure is sufficiently distant from ordnance, and the Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Personnel (HERP), Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Fuel (HERF), and other applicable studies have been completed," the base commanders may issue an interim authority to radiate, or IATR, according to the memo.

The memo applies to both Navy and Marine Corps commanders of service installations.

The commanders can also issue an IATR when the "broadband providers are constructing cellular infrastructure in a location proximate to ordnance, and the Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance (HERO) study has been completed successfully in addition to HERP and HERF."