Why 5G is a big deal for militaries throughout the world
The advent of the 5th generation (5G) of cellular mobile communications is of critical importance in terms of technological innovation and the transformation of the global economy. However, the implications of 5G also affect the realms of international security, conflict and cooperation.
Already, the technology is a key element in the tensions between the U.S. and China concerning trade and technological rivalry. The US indictments against Huawei and its CFO over alleged cyber espionage and violations of US sanctions against Iran, are just one part of this story. The military applications of 5G should be appreciated as well, since these are likely to play a crucial role in the evolution of the relative military power of the US, China and other powers in the coming decades.