The DoD 5G Act, recent bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Rick Larsen and Rep. Mike Gallagher, would require the Secretary of Defense to “identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in the telecommunications infrastructure of the Department of Defense,” according to the bill.

“As the Pentagon develops advanced telecommunications capabilities, it should set a clear standard and expectation across the federal government for security and resiliency, from the supply chain on up. I’m proud to partner with Rep. Larsen on this important initiative,” said Rep. Gallagher.

The second tranche of 5G testing was recently expanded to seven U.S. military installations, bringing the total of new testing sites to 12 locations.

Specifics of the new legislation by Larsen and Gallagher requires the SecDef to communicate telecommunication threats by foreign actors, “verify the integrity” of personnel tasked with developing 5G technology, and providing a report to provide conclusions and findings from the 5G program.

Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alana Langdon