News & Events

Upcoming Events

  • March 11, 10:00am – 12:00 pm ET: : Joint Base San Antonio 5G Core Industry Day
  • March 18, 2021 [Tentative]: Joint Base San Antonio 5G Test Bed Industry Day

Spectrum News

  • DOD Issues the fourth 5G Request for Prototype Proposals for Dynamic Spectrum Sharing.
    Find more information here.

  • DOD Issues Additional 5G Request for Prototype Proposals for Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Testbed, Network & Applications.
    You can read more here.

  • DOD Issues two 5G Requests for Prototype Proposals for a Smart Warehouse Testbed, Network and Applications.
    Check out the first press release here and the second press release here.

  • Did you see the article about the NSC in Inside Defense?  NSC Executive Committee members recently discussed our efforts supporting the DOD’s 5G initiative with Justin Doubleday of Inside Defense.  You can read the article here.

  • The first major spectrum skirmish of the 5G era in the U.S. has broken out over a technical and critically important question – will 5G networks utilizing spectrum in the 24 GHz band cause harmful interference to weather radars? On one side of the issue are government users including NOAA and NASA, and on the other is the FCC and by extension, mobile carriers and network operations. Please read our article on Nextgov, “Collaboration the Key to Resolving Spectrum Skirmishes” to learn why we think @NSConsortium is positioned to solve critical problems like this.

Recent Events

5G Collaboration Event

On April 30 and May 1, senior government officials addressed the 5G challenge and specific DoD needs. On May 2, attendees had the opportunity to participate in private one-on-one sessions between your company and government subject matter experts supporting the 5G initiative.

Executive Committee Key Meetings

As part of the NSC’s effort to increase awareness about our organization, the Executive Committee has been meeting with several prominent federal agencies and participating in other events, these include:

  • 2/26/2019 – Office of Science, Technology and Policy, The White House. Met with Kelsey Guyselmen, Senior Technology Advisor on President’s 5G and Spectrum Sharing Strategy
  • 3/04/2019 – Several Executive Committee members met with Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Mr. David Redl, and other members of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
  • 3/11/2019 – IEEE 802 Standards Plenary. As part of our outreach to bring in commercial and micro-electronics companies into the eco-system, NSC Executive Committee members presented a Tutorial titled “Spectrum … Be Prepared for Sharing” at the IEEE 802 Standards Committee Meeting. IEEE 802 Standards Committee is developing specifications for next generation standards such as Wi-Fi and 5G technologies. More than 100 people from 70 different companies attended the tutorial. It also resulted in follow-up meetings with many major chip vendors who are now interested in joining the eco-system.
  • 3/14/2019 – Executive Committee members met with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The DoD’s 5G Initiative is Ramping Up

1/02/2019 – On January 2 the NSC Executive Committee (ExComm) submitted a whitepaper to the Director, Initiatives & Analysis, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) to share among DoD leaders and agencies. The intent of the whitepaper is to educate government leaders on 5G, and to foster future discussions and engagement with the NSC. In addition, in response to the Oct. 25 Presidential Memo titled “Developing a Sustainable Spectrum Strategy for America’s Future”, the ExComm mailed 74 letters to key federal leaders and agencies indicating NSC’s willingness to support and engage as they seek to address the tasks in the President’s Memo.

In support of the DoD’s 5G efforts, the NSC is proposing to form a 5G Community of Interest, with smaller working groups populated with NSC subject matter experts (SMEs) based on specific outcomes or lines of effort to be determined by the DoD. Ideally, each working group will be fully integrated with DoD-led teams that may be formed to ensure synchronized actions and common outcomes between government and NSC SMEs. A series of virtual meetings and a Collaboration Day in Arlington, VA are currently being planned. Ultimately, these engagements are expected to lead to future calls for technical concepts and requests for prototype proposals.

Workshop Produces Five Strategic Imperatives

12/10/2018 – On Dec. 10, the NSC ExComm conducted a strategic planning workshop to develop strategic imperatives for 2019 and beyond. In short, the five strategic imperatives are: Perform (R&D and Prototyping), Consult, Educate, Advocate, and Grow. The ExComm already has an initial list of objectives and actions to support each of these imperatives, and will be working hard over the coming months to develop a comprehensive plan. We look forward to working with NSC members in 2019 on these five strategic imperatives.

National Spectrum Consortium Provides Leadership in Spectrum Innovation

11/14/2018 – The National Spectrum Consortium held its annual General Membership Meeting, during which industry representatives from the Consortium’s more than 200 member organizations heard from government leaders about the challenges the U.S. faces to manage increasing demands for the electromagnetic spectrum.

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The 2018 General Membership Meeting (GMM) was a Resounding Success!

10/30/2018 – 11/01/2018 – On Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, the NSC conducted its annual GMM in Arlington, VA. Participants included high level Department of Defense personnel, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA), Congressional Staff, and leaders from across industry and academia. Representatives from all areas of the field came together to discuss and address critical spectrum issues facing our nation, with advances toward 5G and its resulting economic benefits on the near horizon.

Federal officials who addressed the more than 220 attendees included Ms. Ellen Purdy (Director, Emerging Capabilities & Prototyping Initiatives & Analysis in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) (R&E)), Mr. Fred Moorefield (Acting Principal Director to the Deputy Chief Information Officer), Col. Fred Williams (Director, Spectrum Policy and International Engagements), Col. Nora Marcos (Chief of Staff for the Army’s Network Cross-Functional Team), Ms. Mary Miller (Principle Deputy to the Deputy Director R&E for Research & Technology in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense (R&E)) , Julie Knapp (Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology), Peter Tenhula (Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA), Alex Damato (Senior Technology and Telecom Advisor to Rep. Doris Matsui), and Dr. Milan Nikolich (Director, Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology).

Member News

Your Consortium Management Firm Appoints a New Program Manager

11/14/18 – Mike Atkinson, the previous NSC Program Manager at ATI, was recently promoted to a new position. After evaluating several candidates from within the company, Chris Bergner was selected as the new NSC Program Manager going forward.  Chris and Mike have been working closely over the past two months to ensure a smooth transition, and Chris will be reporting directly to Mike, so we are confident that you will continue to receive the same level of support that you are accustomed to.

Chris has worked at ATI for 11 years.  Most recently, he was the Executive Director of the Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium (FDMC) and Program Manager for DLA’s Forging Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) program.  Prior to joining ATI Chris spent three years with Lockheed Martin.  Chris is a Virginia Tech grad with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and holds a M.S. in Engineering Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Chris is excited about his new role supporting the NSC, and looks forward to meeting and working with all of you.

Astrapi Corporation Has Been Awarded an Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant, “Interference Mitigation using Spiral Modulation”

08/01/2018 – The United States Air Force selected Astrapi in an Open Call for Innovative Defense-Related Dual-Purpose Technologies/Solutions addressing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) communications challenges.

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U.S. Air Force Taps Warrior Support Solutions for New EW ECCT

2/05/2018 – “Warrior Support Solutions announces today that it is slated to take a key role in the upcoming U.S. Air Force Electronic Warfare (EW) enterprise capability collaboration team (ECCT) designed to ensure U.S. superiority within the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). The effort will run for one year, resulting in a report within eighteen months; a report that will drive the content of the U.S. Air Force’s next EW and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) strategy and implementation plan.”

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Astrapi Corporation awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Implement New Spectrally Efficient Waveform for Future Radio Communications

10/11/2017 – The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Astrapi a $698,973 Phase II research grant to extend the work completed in Phase I earlier this year. Astrapi has significantly extended their team to include the Southwest Research Institute, (SwRI). SwRI joins Dr. Fred Harris with San Diego State University to complete the Phase II team.

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Federated Wireless Makes Shared Spectrum a Reality with Availability of Industry’s First Spectrum Controller; Closes $42M Series B with Wireless Industry Backing

9/14/2017 – “Federated Wireless, a leading technology provider enabling the shared spectrum revolution, today announced the availability of its Spectrum Controller and the closing of a $42M Series B round of funding, including strategic investments from key wireless industry ecosystem partners Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR), American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT), ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) and GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.”

Read full story here.

Astrapi named one of five “Most Promising Start-ups” at Euroconsult’s Finspace

9/14/2017 – “Awards were presented to the five most promising start-ups, as selected by an independent jury, during the FinSpace cocktail reception at the annual Euroconsult Summit for Satellite Financing which brings together the leading decision makers of the satellite enabled business sector.”

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Invitation to NSC Community – CityScape: Distributed, Persistent RF Monitoring with Commodity SDR Sensors

This NSF funded and Microsoft-for-Azure supported[1] project has deployed a state-of-art spectrum monitoring infrastructure that demonstrates feasibility of persistent spectrum monitoring with I-Q data generation using commodity (low cost) sensor hardware (Software Defined Radios) along with a robust software control/management infrastructure (the web portal, link above) that

  1. allows for stations hosts/project PI to set knobs for data acquisition as desired (within sensor capability limits);
  2. stores the sensor data is stored in Microsoft Azure Public cloud, available for download by the community for post-processing freely.

For more information click here

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