Technology systems integrator Intelligent Waves has been awarded an $8.4 million total value prime Information Warfare Research Project contract for the acceleration and implementation of advanced wireless communications in both continental and outside continental U.S. regions.
Under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense – Research & Engineering and the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, the Defense Department has established the “5G to Next G” program. Intelligent Waves will be tasked with building a localized, private full-scale 5G cellular network with nomadic towers/base stations (5G testbed) to support secure connectivity between the disaggregated operations centers.
“Intelligent Waves is honoured to be the trusted choice for advanced secure wireless communications for USAF’s IWRP,” said Chief Technology Officer Marqus Hutchinson. “We will leverage our combined 5G and information security expertise to help protect the nation’s most critical assets, ushering a next-generation of speed and security for operators in-country and OCONUS.”
According to DOD’s plan, the 5G initiative includes accelerating the use of 5G technology; developing technology to secure 5G and enable the secure use of non-secure networks; and performing the research and development necessary to win at 6G and beyond.