The Pentagon has tapped three installations – Fort Irwin, California, Fort Hood, Texas, and the Army component at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas – to be sites of the second round of testing and experimentation for 5G communications. This latest phase will focus upon providing wireless connectivity for forward operating bases and tactic operations at Irwin and Hood, and augmented-reality training for aircraft maintainers at San Antonio.
“Leveraging 5G technologies will also be a critical enabler to the Army’s multidomain operations and joint all-domain command and control convergence efforts, which require near-real time network access for any sensor and shooter, any C2 node,” said Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, the Army chief information officer. “Establishing 5G wireless network experimentation sites across the Army allows for a greater understanding of the technology and how to best utilize it across the force.”
Similar efforts will continue to take place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, which was selected as the first such test site in 2019.