b'5G IN THE DoDdemonstrating how AT&T can accommodate DoDs unique needs in the 5G realm.That said, change is coming. Priority and preemption is a mission-critical feature that enables first responders on FirstNet to communicate and coordinate during emergencies, large events orI think the DoD has shown that its willing to take bold, decisive action on key other situations where commercial networks can become congested. initiativesto take calculated risks and embrace commercial models, Spencer says. We already provide national critical infrastructure, Spencer says. And were inYou dont have to look any further than the headlines to realize the security of 5G an optimal position to develop and deliver 5G networking solutions that meet theis also top of mind for the Pentagon. While there are well-founded concerns about specific needs of the DoD. securing the supply chain, the integrity of 5Gs underlying infrastructure could be one of its primary advantages. Coverage, Coverage, Coverage The security specifications developed by the 5G standards body, known as 3GPP,Because were taking It may be hard to envision today how 5Gadopt stronger over-the-air encryption requirements compared to traditional can transform the way we work and livewireline models, as well as other security enhancements over previous generations. a standards-based in the future. However, many applicationsAnd 5G is really the first network technology born in the cloud.approach, our 5G standaloneare becoming reality. But even progress can bring forth challenges. For theseBecause were taking a standards-based approach, our 5G standalone network network will havetechnologies to take flightsometimeswill have unprecedented security, says Singer, vice president of national security literallyinfrastructure and connectivityand defense for AT&T Public Sector. Security is built into the standards from unprecedented security. are key.the ground up. Its not a bolt-on. Thats JILL SINGER // VP NATIONAL SECURITY // AT&T PUBLIC SECTOR Its really exciting to talk about IoT solutionsfundamental. Thats foundational.5G is designed to be a and edge capabilities, but if the coverageLantzy, the head of AT&T Public Sectors Navy isnt there, none of that is going to work,division, adds: As we see the DoD adoptinghighly secure technology.Spencer says. Usually, the first thing Ill want to discuss in a meeting with DoDa zero-trust security model, theyre moving leadership is coverage, coverage, coverage. away from perimeter or boundary security tosomething that you canauthenticating users no matter where theymore readily rely on.are in the network. Taking Action BILL LANTZY // CLIENT EXECUTIVE VP // AT&T PUBLIC SECTORNAVY Beyond the pilots DoD is already working on, the large-scale adoption of 5G willIn addition, theres the fact that technology likely require some changes to the way Pentagon planners and procurementbuilt on mmWave solutionswith shorter officials think about acquiring cutting-edge technology.wavelengths and narrower beamsare harder to intercept. And mmWave towers deployed on bases can be designed to keep those beams entirely within The classic model has been built for DoD by DoD, Spencer says. But this isthe base boundaries. really a commercial capability thats exploding globally and in the United States. Its something that I think will shift the way in which the DoD is procuring its The DoD needs to understand that 5G is designed to be a highly secure technology, own capabilities to a newer model in which they acquire and consumeLantzy says. When implemented as a 5G standalone network, this is something you commercial innovation.can more readily rely on; this is something that you can more readily trust.14 15'