Defense will create a new spectrum post

Defense will create a new spectrum post

Margaret Myers

The Defense Department will create the post of assistant deputy chief information officer for spectrum management to help the department as it wrangles with industry over radio frequency use for wireless applications.

Margaret E. Myers, acting deputy assistant secretary of Defense and deputy CIO, last month said the person hired to fill the position would look at the impact on systems if DOD were forced to give up the 1,755-to-1,850-MHz band.

Defense uses the band for advanced command, control and communications systems, including satellite operations. But telecommunications companies want the band as the foundation for advanced wireless technologies.

Myers said Defense needs to prepare for the next World Radio Communication Conference, to be held in July 2003 in Geneva. At the conference, public- and private-sector officials from around the world will discuss radio spectrum use.

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