by BN Frank, Activist Post:
A growing list of credible experts continues to warn that incorporating 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technology will one way or a bunch of ways lead to disastrous consequences (see 1, 2). Thanks to Nextgov for the heads up on another really horrible 5G idea in the making:
The Defense Department will soon begin prototyping and testing 5G technology at a handful of its bases, and it’s looking to industry for help.
On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that in the coming months it will kick off a “large-scale” effort to explore various applications of 5G technology. The program will initially focus on three different 5G use cases and take place across four yet-unnamed domestic military installations.
Specifically, the program will focus on three areas: using 5G to expand the use of augmented and virtual reality systems in training and mission planning, developing smart warehouses to improve logistics, and exploring new strategies for sharing different types of spectrum.
All three research tracks could bring real-world benefits to both the Pentagon and commercial industry, according to Lisa Porter, the department’s deputy undersecretary for research and engineering. Officials plan to add new research opportunities every quarter, as long as funding is made available.
“This is really part of a bigger strategic push,” Porter said Wednesday on a call with reporters. “We have to acknowledge that together we need to work that out—industry needs access to spectrum, DOD needs access to spectrum. It’s essentially a call to action, saying ‘let’s get serious about figuring out how to do this together.’”
The department has already consulted the telecom industry on the initiative, Porter said, and officials used their input to inform the program’s initial design.
“We wanted to make sure we understood what the challenges were and how we could collaborate,” Porter said during the call. “This is one of those areas where commercial industry is really leading the charge. The [department] wants to be able to work with industry and … think about how we can influence security, standards and things like that.”
According to countless security experts and some high school students, IoT is super-easy to hack. That seems like an fair assessment since it already has a 74% failure rate. Regardless, the U.S. military also seems interested in incorporating IoT on the battlefield. And you thought it couldn’t get any worse…