Powering Innovation Through Technology, 5G: Transforming Government Operations for the Digital Age

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The spread of 5G – fifth-generation mobile communications – across all levels of government is being accelerated by its usefulness in high-speed data transmissions and flexibility in customizing network applications. And the range of applications by government agencies made possible by 5G may only be limited by one’s imagination.


Some of the innovations supported by this wireless standard were born out of necessity – at the height of the pandemic, for instance, many covid-19 testing sites were located outdoors and health professionals needed to be able to transmit large volumes of data to a health department. Others came about as the concept of edge computing moved to new disciplines and professions. In the military, faster speeds and lower latency speed up decision-making and improve operational awareness, while streamlining warehousing and logistics chains.


New standards, such as open radio access networks (O-RAN), are just emerging, bringing even more potential capabilities to market. And citizens band radio services (CBRS), the mid-range shared spectrum allocation that enables private LTE networks and enhanced 4G and 5G services, offers higher security than commercial carriers, lower upfront costs and significantly lower operating costs, also has the high performance and low latency that enables automation.



Join us at this live, half-day event as thought leaders from government and industry discuss the ways that agencies at all levels – federal, state, local, tribal and territorial – are reimagining their use of 5G technology to empower their employees and their citizens to make better decisions faster than ever.


Learning Objectives

  • Review the role of 5G in expanding the use of innovative technologies, such as the Internet of Things, edge computing, and AI/machine learning
  • Identify the tangible benefits of moving to 5G; how much network capacity increases, how fast data volumes will move, etc.
  • Delineate metrics for measuring potential cost savings through the use of 5G solutions
  • Understand 5G’s main attributes – speed, capacity for data, low latency – and how they can contribute to military preparedness
  • Identify how military processes such as logistics and training will be improved by providing 5G capabilities, through greater efficiencies, better supply routing, and more
  • Define metrics that will measure the impact of 5G on day-to-day military operations
  • Define what an open radio access network is and how it can incorporate different kinds of communications seamlessly
  • Review the role of the CHIPS Act in funding O-RAN creation, testing and distribution
  • Identify opportunities for small companies to innovate through O-RAN

Speaker and Presenter Information

Hosted by:
Claudia Hosky, Publisher, FedInsider
Claudia Hosky,
Mark DeMerse, Director, 5G Vertical Solutions, Carahsoft
Mark DeMerse
Director, 5G Vertical Solutions,
Jane Norris, Moderator & Contributing Editor, FedInsider
Jane Norris,
Moderator & Contributing Editor,

1:00 PM – The Next Frontier in Delivering Government Services


The future of 5G is not about voice, it’s about data, connectivity, and speed – all attributes that are important to the effective delivery of services to the public. From emergency services to mitigating the digital divide, 5G is also central to expanding the use of innovative technologies, such as the Internet of Things, edge computing, and AI/machine learning in government. 


>>> This session will explore 5G’s potential to improve public services and enhance the public’s quality of life. 




Ben Camerlin, SATCOM & Mobility Program Manager, GSA

Ben Camerlin

SATCOM & Mobility Program Manager,

General Services Administration




LT COL Benjamin Pimentel, USMC, FutureG, OUSD(R&E)


LT COL Benjamin Pimentel
USMC, FutureG, OUSD(R&E)
Chris Thomas, Technical Strategist, Dell Technologies
Chris "CT" Thomas,
Technical Strategist,
Dell Technology

2:00 PM – Supply Chain to Smart Logistics: 5G's Impact on the DoD


The Department of Defense has almost 800 military bases around the world, and 21 designated supply depots. Just one such depot, Hawthorne Army Depot, covers 147,000 acres – or 226 square miles. Using 5G will support deployment of large-scale IoT networks for applications such as asset tracking and logistics management, improving supply chain efficiency and reducing costs. 



Salvador D'ltri, Chairman, National Spectrum Consortium

Salvador D'Itri


National Spectrum Consortium


COL William “Mac” McHenry (USMCR, ret.) Senior Advisor, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

COL William McHenry

(USMCR, ret.) Senior Engagement Advisor to the Director, 

Defense Innovation Unit (DIU),

Office of the Secretary of Defense


Chad Jones, Global Government Lead, KPMG

Chad Jones

Global Government Lead,




Dr. Deepak Das, Vice President, Solution Architecture, Federated Wireless


Dr. Deepak Das

Vice President, Solutions Architecture,

Federated Wireless


>>> This session will take a strategic look at the potential for 5G to streamline and amplify the effectiveness of non-combat military operations. 


3:00 PM – Demystifying O-RAN: How it's Revolutionizing the 5G Landscape


The goal of open radio access networks – O-RAN – is to create open interfaces that enable interoperability between radios and baseband from different providers. For the military, that means being able to integrate 5G networks into its already vast communications networks. 


>>> This panel will explore the potential of O-RAN and the impact ofits development and deployment throughout our society. 



Dr. Arupjyoti (Arup) Bhuyan, Director of the Wireless Security Institute (WSI) & Directorate Fellow in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

Dr. Arupjyoti Bhuyan

Director of the Wireless Institute &

Directorate Fellow,

Idaho National Laboratory


Dr. Aloizio P. Da Silva, CCI xG Testbed Director, CCI & Research Faculty at ECE Department, Virginia Tech

Dr. Aloizio P. Da Silva

CCxG Testbed Director, CCI,

Research Faculty at ECE Department,

Virginia Tech


Caroline Chan, Vice President & General Manager of 5G, Intel


Caroline Chan

VP & GM of 5G,



 Steve Vogelsang, Federal CTO, Nokia

Steve Vogelsang,

Federal CTO,


Expected Number of Attendees


Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association, EEOC, Federal Government, State & Local Government, FDA, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA, FCC

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Thu, Aug 17, 2023, 12:30pm - 5:00pm

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