The Defense Policy Board will meet in closed session next month to discuss "national security issues regarding 5G Technology," according to a Federal Register notice published this morning.
On March 13, the meeting will feature speakers including Kristen Baldwin, deputy director for strategic technology protection and exploitation in the Pentagon's research and engineering shop talking about "5G Telecommunications from a National Security Perspective"; Raymond Gabany from the National Security Agency on the "Intelligence Community Threat"; and DOD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy and the Commerce Department's Policy and Strategic Planning Director Earl Comstock on "Spectrum, Standards, Supply Chain, and Technology Leadership."
Additionally, U.S. Cyber Command chief Gen. Paul Nakasone and Lt. Gen. Bradford Shwedo, the Joint Staff's chief information officer, will speak on "Warfighter Perspectives." Nate Tibbets from Qualcomm, Andre Fuetsch from AT&T and Chandra McMahon from Verizon will speak as part of a "5G Industry Panel," and Assistant Commerce Secretary for Communications and Information David Redl and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will hold forth on a "Government to Industry Partnering" session.
The following day, the board "will deliberate and report out to John Rood, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy," the notice reads.
DOD released a statement on 5G by Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan this morning, which reads: "Secure and resilient 5G telecommunications is vital to the security and prosperity of the United States, and DOD is working closely with our industrial and research partners to develop comprehensive and innovative solutions for both the Department and commercial industries. The United States and our allies and partners must demand nothing less than robust, trusted, and secure next-generation communications systems."