Military Seeks Industry Help to Manage Spectrum Use
Posted on: July 1, 2014

Sandra Jontz
July 1, 2014

Electromagnetic spectrum innovation may be a key to sharing versus repurposing a finite resource.

The Defense Department is putting crucial emphasis on fresh ideas from private industry as it shapes the task of better managing the electromagnetic spectrum needed to assemble mission-tailored capabilities to meet military leaders’ needs—all the while coming under federal pressure to possibly renounce valuable wireless frequencies for commercial use. While the Defense Department and private communication industry are concerned about the possible crippling impact of the dwindling spectrum, their conflicting goals and needs that spurred a battle for spectrum also created partners of otherwise would-be adversaries.

Facing a spectrum crunch and mounting political and commercial pressures, the Defense Department in February unveiled a multiyear spectrum management strategy aimed at mitigating problems provoked by the ever-increasing demand for wireless spectrum while maintaining national security goals.

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