5G to XG US Defense Symposium
Thursday April 28, 2022 - Online and in-person event

5G to XG US Defense Symposium

Thursday April 28, 2022 - Online and in-person event

Leveraging 5G to XG in Battle Domains

The US Department of Defense (DoD) seeks fifth generation (5G) solutions to help “master advanced communications technologies and ubiquitous connectivity [which] will have a long-term economic and military advantage.” 5G promises better connectivity, low latency and faster speeds than ever before which will give US defense forces a competitive edge. In this symposium, we will tackle key challenges facing the DoD and dive deeper into technical issues, including artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), edge computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Open Software for the RAN (O-RAN), Algorithm-as-a-Service (AaaS), 5G space satellite communications and much more.

The 5G to XG US Defense Symposium will bring together leaders from across government, academia, industry and beyond to help address critical issues such as multi-network battle domains facing the DoD and to look at what is on the horizon for public and private sector collaboration in the 5G defense sector. Please join us as we further the debate on how industry can support the warfighter using 5G technology addressing both the technology and policy obstacles facing the DoD.

Interested in attending this event in-person? Email 5gdefense@interdigital.com

Master of Ceremonies

Ms. Krystle Kaul
Business Development Consultant


10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
Welcome & Opening Keynote Sessions – 5G to XG & the Department of Defense (DoD): How the Private Sector can Support the Warfighter


  • Mr. Rob Stien, Chief Public Policy Officer, InterDigital (10 mins.)
  • Mr. Robert McDowell, Former FCC Commissioner and Co-Leader, Global Communications Group, Cooley LLP (15 mins)
  • Mr. Michael Kratsios, Fourth Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., Former Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering, and Managing Director, Scale AI (20 mins)

11:00 am - 11:15 am EDT
Networking Break

Auditorium and Online

11:15 am - 12:15 pm EDT
The Future of 5G to XG: Implications for the DoD

What is XG? As we look to the future, where does the DoD stand in the development of 5G to XG wireless communications technologies? How can the wireless industry and research institutions better support the DoD’s efforts and address the unique challenges and information gaps facing the defense sector?

This panel will address the future implications of 5G to XG for the DoD and foster dialogue on how the DoD can better articulate, and industry can better meet, defense needs. The discussion will explore the role of standards development and enabling technologies like network virtualization, dynamic network slicing, spectrum sharing and resource provisioning, among others to enhance capabilities in CONUS (Continental US) and tactical scenarios and encourage defense-related 5G research.

Join this discussion with experts from across the telecommunications and defense industry, listed below, to unpack the implications and opportunities of 5G to XG technologies for the DoD.


  • Dr. Tim Grayson, Director of Strategic Technology Office at DARPA
  • Dr. Sumit Roy, Innovation Lead, DoD 5G to XG, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Research & Engineering (R&E)
  • Dr. Paul Kolodzy, Former Chief Technologist SME at DoD 5G to XG, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Research & Engineering (R&E)
  • Dr. Eric Burger, Professor at Georgetown, Former CTO at Federal Communications Commission & Former Assistant Director at Office of Science & Technology Policy at the White House
  • Mr. Andy Thiessen, Head of 5G/XG Engagement at MITRE/Senior Principal 5G/NextG Technologist

12:30 pm - 1:40 pm EDT
Networking Lunch


  • Ms. Lizy Paul, Chair of the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) and Director, 5G.MIL Programs, Corporate Engineering and Technology Office (CETO), Lockheed Martin (15 mins.)
  • Mr. Kevin O'Connell, Former Director of the Space Commerce Office, Department of Commerce & Founder & CEO of Space Economy Rising (15 mins.)
  • Silver Sponsor Lunch Talk: Keysight Technologies
  • "The Role of Test and Measurement in Emerging 5G to XG Technologies"
    The DoD is actively advancing 5G beyond typical commercial capabilities. To develop these new 5G advancements, risk is minimized by using commercial test and measurement software and hardware solutions. Nguyen describes a crawl-walk-run workflow approach that begins with software simulation, followed by hardware prototyping, development and integration testing, system test, and periodic maintenance testing. He will share a real-world commercial example to illustrate this approach.
      • Mr. Vince Nguyen, General Manager of Aerospace Defense Government Solutions, Keysight Technologies (15 mins.)

1:40 pm - 2:40 pm EDT
5G to XG US Defense: The Congressional Perspective

2:50 pm - 3:50 pm EDT
Extending Communications Standards to Support 5G to XG US Defense

5G will soon be a ubiquitous technology, shaped by the myriad contributions of global standards. Integrating DoD priorities within U.S. contributions to standards development is crucial to ensure future 5G to XG technologies both support DoD needs and can also be applied to mission-critical scenarios beyond industry’s purview.

In its recently published Standards Engagement Plan, the DoD highlighted its participation in 3GPP, a global standards-development body, and detailed new coordination across departments, agencies, and industries to drive U.S. influence in key standards. What steps is the DoD taking to increase its influence in 3GPP, and how can U.S. researchers be more collaborative? What is the role of government bodies like the FCC, NIST, and NTIA in strengthening U.S. influence in critical standards setting organizations? With the emergence of ORAN, are new fora necessary to support the adoption of DoD-driven standards in the 3GPP environment?

Join the discussion to address these questions with experts from across research and defense sectors, listed below, to explore the ways communications standards can better support 5G to XG defense.


  • Dr. Marla Dowell, Director, NIST Communications Technology Laboratory and NIST Boulder Laboratories
  • Mr. James Nolan, Executive Vice President, Government Solutions, InterDigital
  • Dr. Theodore (“Tod”) Sizer, Former VP and Domain Leader Wireless Research & Current Executive Vice President & Domain Leader, IP & Optical Networking Research, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Mr. Ani Karmarkar, Senior Technical Advisor, Communications and Networking, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)


3:50 pm - 4:05 pm EDT
Networking Break

Auditorium and Online

4:05 pm - 5:10 pm EDT
Public-Private Sector Collaboration on 5G to XG US Defense


  • Dr. Brian Kelley, Principal Investigator, 5G Telemedicine & 5G Core Capabilities & Security Program, DoD
  • Ms. Jennifer Warren, Vice President, Technology Policy & Regulation, Lockheed Martin
  • Mr. Sal D’Itri, Former Chairman, National Spectrum Consortium & Vice President & General Manager, Federated Wireless
  • Mr. Brian Greenberg, Principal & 5G/Edge Government & Account Leader, Deloitte
  • Mr. Michael ("Mac") McDonald, Senior Director of Strategic Operations, Qualcomm

5:20 pm - 6:05 pm EDT
Closing Comments: The Way Forward for 5G to XG US Defense


  • Mr. Eric Cohen, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, InterDigital (10 mins.)

"Protecting National Security Through Innovation"

  • Mr. Andrei Iancu, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (15 mins.)

This discussion focuses on the importance of national innovation policy to our national security. The U.S. cannot afford to cede its technological edge to state-sponsored competitors; nor can we sit on the sidelines while the next generation of wireless communication standards are established and implemented. The military and economic risks of falling behind underscore the need to support the efforts of our research and development community, as well as the efforts of our allies, as we increasingly depend on wireless infrastructure for not only our armed forces, but also our economic infrastructure, our transportation networks, and even our health.

  • Dr. Walter Copan, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director & Current Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, Colorado School of Mines (15 mins.)
  • Mr. Preston Dunlap, Chief Architect, Department of the Air and Space Force (15 mins.)

6:05 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Cocktail Reception



5G to XG US Defense Symposium

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3400 Prospect St., NW

Washington D.C., 20007


Interested in attending this event in-person? Email 5gdefense@interdigital.com