Communications

What If the Pentagon Skipped 5G?

The answer to the headaches and security risks of next-generation mobile communications just might be a technological leap past them.

Pentagon Wants To Start Testing New 5G Tech Soon

The Defense Department is about to get serious about evaluating next-gen networking gear.

This Little-Used Area of the Electromagnetic Spectrum Might Be the Future of Battlefield Communications

If commercial 5G millimeter-wave gear can be hardened against jamming, the U.S. Army thinks it might gain a real battlefield edge.

Weapons Makers Unveil A Herd of Robotanks— As the Army Worries about Battlefield Bandwidth

The U.S. Army is determined to field a mid-sized combat robot vehicle, but the prototypes are outstripping the datalinks that would connect them.

A New Consensus Is Emerging On How to Handle The Risk from China’s 5G

Chinese telecom tech is invading the physical world, but Europeans and industry have strategies to contain the threat.

Pentagon To Explore Potential of 5G — and Its Made-in-China Hazards

Planned experiments will test the emerging wireless technology, even as leaders fret publicly about supply-chain risks.

The Military Now Has Tooth Mics For Invisible, Hands-Free Radio Calls

The future of battlefield communications is resting comfortably near your back gums.

The Dead Metaphors of National Security

To grapple with today’s complex security environment, we must first think about it realistically. Our terminology — not our technology — is key.

China Has A Breakthrough in Spy-Proof Quantum Communications

By sending quantum information several kilometers, the researchers took a big step toward the future of information security.

US Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms

After nearly two decades of war against technologically unsophisticated foes, the Army Research Lab is reorienting to counter China and Russia.

The Future of Military IT: Gait Biometrics, Software Nets, and Photon Communicators

DISA director Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn talks about the tech he’s eyeing, some of which is barely out of the theoretical realm.

Time Warfare: Threats to GPS Aren’t Just About Navigation and Positioning

The U.S. military needs to get serious about assuring access to precision timing.

How to Stop the Next Viral Jihadi Video

A new software tool could help social-media companies shut down the distribution of violent ISIS recruiting videos.

The Military Wants a Privacy Firewall for Disaster Response

A new tool to strip personal information from tweets and social media could help troops zero in on trouble spots.

Carter Watches PBS on Fridays, and Other Bombshells from His Email

SecDef's redacted private messages reveal — gasp! — Washington insiders asking about jobs for friends and challenge coins for their kids.

China Is Watching the FBI-Apple Battle Very Closely

Even if the U.S. government abandons its insistence on a backdoored iPhone, Beijing may not.

How the Media Aids and Abets the Benghazi Committee

The investigation is functioning as partisan oppo-research organization, and the press is enabling it.