In August, the DoD launched three new projects for its Innovative Beyond 5G Program, including creating a research and development hub for 6G technology.
The 6G project underscores the Department of Defense’s commitment to exploring 6G use cases for providing cutting edge technology to better protect U.S. interests around the globe.
The 6G technology project, Open6G, is a collaborative initiative between industry and universities, designed to be a catalyst for 6G systems research on open radio access networks, or Open RAN.
Open 6G will be the DOD’s center for development, testing and integration of trusted enhancements, supporting an industry and federal government NextG ecosystem pursuing 6G technology goals.
The Pentagon’s 6G project follows several other government initiatives exploring 6G. In October 2021, a proposed bipartisan bill sought to establish a council and implement 6G broadband access in the U.S.
A December 2021 report highlighted the national security importance of 6G technology and its deployment, particularly keeping an eye toward China.
A Center for Strategic & International Studies panel this year also stressed that the policy framework, development and deployment of 6G should be a priority sooner rather than later in order to not fall behind other nations and to learn from 5G mistakes.
Three of the most mentioned 6G use cases for DoD:
Battlefield Communication — With 6G, the DoD hopes to be able to report the location of an enemy unit before it has a chance to strike or delivering critical information about a target’s movement in real time. The amazing data speeds plus extreme coverage make 6G a useful tool for communication in high stakes environments. More rapid communication means more effective operations, leading to shorter conflicts and fewer lives lost.
Improved Location Services — One of 6G’s expected abilities is to improve location detection to be accurate within centimeters, making technology such as autonomous vehicles practical. However, it has other applications as well, including for drones or other unmanned vehicles that may one day be sent into dangerous environments.
Additionally, some research notes that high-accuracy localization will also improve radar technology, particularly as it relates to mobile devices. Imagine sending a reconnaissance drone to a location with a text message.
Equipment Development — Just like 6G will bring a more sophisticated Internet of Things to the world, it will also do the same for the military by allowing the development of ever more intelligent, autonomous devices.
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Attendees will examine the 6G Vision, 6G Roadmap, and 6G Technologies being touted for 6G. There’s also a thorough look at 6G Applications, Use Cases that are part of 6G journey.
Participants also learn how 6G technology is expected to be designed to meet the revolutionary needs of our society, integrated into the 5G network architecture and related wired and wireless communications systems.
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