WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) this week sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, expressing his deep concern for the significant national security risks posed by the potential license modification to Ligado Networks.
Chairman Smith issued the following statement after transmitting the letter:
“While the United States must be a leader in the implementation of 5G networks, our creation of these networks must not hamper our military’s operational capacity in any way. China’s aggressive, global promotion of its 5G companies presents a considerable security challenge that must be address. However, Ligado’s proposal, which seeks a portion of spectrum adjacent to that used for Global Positioning Systems, poses an even larger security risk.
“The Department of Defense has been clear and direct: providing this license to Ligado would cause unacceptable operational impacts and adversely affect the military’s use of GPS. The military’s seamless use of GPS is vital to our national security. Our service members rely on GPS satellites for critical precision timing and navigation, and thousands of weapons systems are embedded with GPS signals.
“While I strongly support development of the world’s most robust, safe and secure network, using L-Band spectrum in such close proximity to critical GPS, as Ligado’s proposal requires, carries an unacceptable risk that far outweighs the possibility of a 5G network.”
The full letter can be found HERE.