NSC Working Groups serve as a unique collaborative platform between industry, academia and the government. Started in 2021, this collaborative platform brings together the single largest pool of scientists and engineers who understand the technical details relating to spectrum and spectrum-dependent systems, and their relationship to new and emerging technology in the 5G and beyond ecosystem, across both commercial and military applications. The Working Group platform is intended to leverage that expertise to inform national policy and commercial standards, in concrete and measurable ways, to advance U.S. competitiveness.

What the Working Groups Aim to Do

Each Working Group serves as an overarching umbrella for more narrowly scoped Task Groups that focus on a specific topic; each Task Group develops and delivers tangible outputs in a defined timeframe. Potential Task Group products include:

  • Recommended practices, White Papers and/or study reports;
  • High quality, interoperable specifications and architectures for Dynamic Spectrum Access, sensing, zero trust architectures, etc.;
    Inputs to supranational standards bodies;
  • Position papers, use cases, and/or architectural constructs to Federal agencies, e.g., NTIA, FCC, and the Department of Defense.

The Working Group structure is intended to be flexible and iterative. NSC members are invited and encouraged to propose and help foster new Working and/or Task Groups that address particular areas of interest or concern where NSC expertise can add value.

Overview of Current Working Groups

The NSC Working Groups is a strong collaborative platform between industry, academia and the government. This is the single largest pool of scientists and engineers who understand Spectrum Dependent Systems, Spectrum Issues and New and Emerging Tech such as 5G.


Apurva Mody, Chair

Gina Tyrrell, Vice Chair



The Regulatory Working Group discusses policy issues that are implicated in spectrum clearing and sharing. The intention of the Regulatory Working Group is to a) create a forum for broad and inclusive sharing of ideas and information; and b) identify ways that the NSC can help government inform spectrum policy and regulation within the areas of member expertise.


Vernita Harris, Vice Chair


Partnering on Advancing Trusted and Holistic Spectrum Solutions (PATHSS)


Vernita Harris


The Spectrum Superiority Working Group was formed to help realize DoD’s Spectrum Superiority strategy. The group considers methods, procedures, tools, and techniques focused on delivering DoD Spectrum Superiority. A key focus of this Working Group is to identify tools, methods, and actions that can increase confidence in spectrum sharing approaches among the military, other federal entities, and industry.

Meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 12:00pm EST

Sastry Kompella

CTA (Chief Technical Advisor)
Joe Molnar


MIL/CIV (Use Case: Tactical Data Links (TDL)-ENG)


Sastry Kompella

Tomasso Melodia


The 5G Working Group was formed to bring together key stakeholders and ideas from different sectors to improve the processes for development and assessment of 5G/NextG capabilities for federal mission-critical networks, in order to improve agility, resiliency, and situational awareness. This group helps to identify commercial use cases and capabilities in Release 17 that can be leveraged by DoD and other federal stakeholders, and to evaluate the suitability of 3GPP-developed capabilities to meet those needs. The 5G Working Group also identifies specific requirements which need further standards work beyond Release 17, providing a platform for collaboration on future 5G issues.

Meets bi-weekly on Fridays at 11:30am EST


Brian Daly

Sumit Roy
Vice- Chair


Proximity Services/Sidelink


Lingjia Liu


The 6G Working Group will look beyond extremely fast connectivity and explore how 6G can be used to enable entirely new tactical applications that are impossible to realize with today’s wireless technologies. These include, among others, ultra-directional secure communications, real-time extended reality in the battlefield, and high-precision device-free sensing. However, fundamental breakthroughs at the intersection of computation and communication will be necessary to use 6G technology in real-world tactical settings. The purpose of the 6G Working Group is to define and discuss the key use cases and applications of emerging 6G technologies in tactical scenarios, as well as providing a roadmap of critical milestones that if addressed, will bring 6G closer to the warfighter.


Dr. Francesco Restuccia

Dr. Ngwe Thwadar

Task Group Chair

Dr. Francesco Restuccia

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends. All government employees (.gov extensions) may join. All non-government participants must be NSC members. To learn how to join please visit our How to Join page.

If you are in the government or your organization is an NSC member, please register for the Working Group you would like to join at the links below:

Spectrum Superiority Working Group

5G Working Group

Regulatory Working Group Meeting

If you are not an NSC member, please visit our How to Join page. Once your membership is approved, you will be able to register for the NSC Working Groups.

Spectrum Superiority Working Group

Bi-Weekly Wednesday meetings starting March 31, 2021 from 12:00pm ET – 1:00pm ET

5G Working Group

Bi-Weekly Friday meetings starting April 9, 2021 from 11:00am ET – 12:00pm ET

Regulatory Working Group Meeting

Monthly meetings on the second Monday of the Month from 11:30amET – 12:30pm ET

The past Working Group presentations can be found on the Working Groups page on the Members Only website.

Please email virginia.sheppashupe@ati.org. Virginia will be able to route your questions to the Working Group chairs.