b'How can commercial capabilities support the IC in achieving its modernization goals?Companies such as AT&T are continuously investing in infrastructure to optimize day-to-day operations. IC agencies can leverage these innovations to accelerate their own digital transformation. For example, we have implemented software-defined technologies, orchestration in our core network, the use of open-source technologies, and 5G. We are driving convergence of mobile and wireline infrastructures into a comprehensive network ecosystem. All of which can support the diverse needs of the IC.Cloud infrastructures are critical to our business, and were engaging some of the large hyperscalers to handle key parts of our infrastructure. These resources are also integrated into the solutions that we deliver to our customers. We have one of the worlds most powerful global backbone networks serving hundreds of millions of subscribers. And weve also proven that running a network in the cloud drives speed, security, cost improvements and innovation. These strategic decisions allow us to focus on what we do bestoperating those networks in support of mission-critical activities for our customers.Why is software-defined networking the future solution for the IC?Its all about agility.With software-defined networking, IC agencies can quickly update their architectures and services through a software change, rather than having to purchase and deploy new hardware, which on a global scale is time consuming and expensive. They can provision new network services, scale bandwidth up or down, maintain and update a variety of network functionsall from a centralized location. Software defined networks allow them to avoid vendor lock-in, which means they have more freedom to try new solutions and new capabilities as quickly as they emerge. This is the kind of flexibility that the IC needs to keep pace in an ever-changing threat environment. 4'