U.S. Military Expands 5G Pilot Programs; “technology could be used to surveil and dominate U.S. citizens”


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By B.N. Frank

American opposition to 5G deployment is not new and it is not going away (see 123456).  Dangerous aviation interference issues have not been fixed at airports (see 12).  Over the years, numerous other problems have been identified and reported regarding 5G as well.  Nevertheless, deployment and activation continue and increase, including by the U.S. military.

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From Children’s Health Defense:

Military’s Expanded Role in 5G Could Lead to ‘Mass Data Collection, Tracking and Monitoring’ of U.S. Citizens

By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D.

The U.S. military’s chief information officer (CIO) and former CIA deputy director John Sherman said his office will assume control of all 5G-related activities in the U.S. military and expand the military’s 5G pilot programs — a move critics said could lead to increased surveillance of U.S. citizens.

The move will shift the Pentagon’s 5G efforts from the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Heidi Shyu, to Sherman’s office.

The transition will officially take effect on Oct. 1, but Sherman said his office has “already been working left seat, right seat with research and engineering on this, [in] a very close partnership with Honorable Heidi Shyu and her team.”

Sherman also wants to expand the military’s use of 5G, but he did not say exactly what that expansion may look like.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in 2020 spent $600 million to launch 5G pilots at military bases in Utah, Washington, Georgia, California and Nevada that use “smart” warehouse 5G wireless technology to streamline logistics and “enhance distributed command and control” and has since doubled its 5G activities.

Sherman also wants to set up open radio access network — or Open RAN — pilot programs.

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Using this kind of open network is important, Sherman said, so the U.S. — and not its foreign adversaries — can dominate the 5G radiofrequency-electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) space.

Sherman said his office is working with several U.S. companies to expand 5G pilots “as we move away from a closed network kind of black box sort of thing, like certain Chinese companies like to do with their global marketing here, to more of an open-network, open-software approach that our U.S. industry can work and dominate on.”

But critics — including W. Scott McCollough, a former marine and Children’s Health Defense’s (CHD) lead litigator for its electromagnetic radiation cases — said it’s not just foreign adversaries the DOD is concerned about.

McCollough said:

“The military is a trojan horse for the intelligence community in terms of domestic surveillance and societal control. These efforts are geared toward sustaining ‘domination’ in the RF-EMF ‘domain’ at home, not just abroad.

“Those in charge are concerned about their own citizens as much as they are perceived foreign hostile actors.”

Military will gain control over an ‘extraordinary amount of data’

The military’s expansion of its 5G efforts comes as no surprise since the U.S. military has been “very active” on the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) “for a very long time” — and they want to dominate it, McCollough said.

He pointed out that the DOD in 2021 announced a plan for how the U.S. military would “achieve spectrum superiority in all domains” and “dominate the future battle space.”

However, in the hands of military officials such as Sherman, 5G technology could be used to surveil and dominate U.S. citizens, McCollough said.

Sherman — who was sworn in as the DOD’s CIO on Dec. 17, 2021, and will now direct all of the Pentagon’s 5G projects — served as the Intelligence Community CIO from 2017-2020.

According to McCollough, Sherman’s takeover of the Pentagon’s 5G projects has serious implications for the surveillance of U.S. citizens. He said:

“Sadly, in many respects, those in power have come to view large portions of the U.S. population as actual or potential adversaries or mere subjects that must be monitored, manipulated and controlled.

“5G is an essential component in how that is and will be accomplished.”

McCollough, a former Texas assistant attorney general and telecom and administrative law attorney, told The Defender what interests the military and the intelligence community about 5G is “the ability to obtain important data … in close to real time.”

5G’s wireless low latency network — meaning, a network that can process a very high volume of data messages with minimal delay — gives the military and intelligence services access to and control over an extraordinary amount of data regarding people and the local surroundings.

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