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National Security Implications of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technologies

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Congressional Research SVC

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The fifth generation 5G of mobile technologies will increase the speed of data transfer and improve bandwidth over existing fourth generation 4G technologies, in turn enabling new military and commercial applications. 5G technologies are expected to support interconnected or autonomous devices, such as smart homes, self-driving vehicles, precision agriculture systems, industrial machinery, and advanced robotics. 5G for the military could additionally improve intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR systems and processing enable new methods of command and control C2 and streamline logistics systems for increased efficiency, among other uses. As 5G technologies are developed and deployed, Congress may consider policies for spectrum management and national security, as well as implications for U.S. Military operations.

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  • Radio Communications
  • Radio Communications

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[A, Approved For Public Release]