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).