Arlington, VA – On March 18, 2019, the National Security Institute (NSI) at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School published its latest Law and Policy Paper, “The Race to 5G: Securing the Win,” by NSI Fellow Andy Keiser.

This Law and Policy Paper:

  • Describes the path and promise of 5G, the potential security implications therein, and United States and international policy responses as networks get deployed globally.
  • Evaluates the key issues at stake for U.S. national security and innovation in 5G.
  • Argues that the free market will provide better 5G security, and that the threat of Huawei and ZTE in the supply chain cannot be mitigated.
  • Proposes actionable recommendations to enhance 5G security, while promoting U.S. and Western-valued leadership in the telecommunications infrastructure needed to power transformative technologies key to America’s economic and national security.

“In a time when the importance of telecommunications infrastructure is paramount, this paper presents a sober assessment of the security risks and opportunities as 5G networks are rolled out all over the globe,” Mr. Keiser said. He continued, “We are at a pivotal moment on whether the West and our allies get the right policies in place to ensure the backbone of the next-generation digital economy is secure from hackers and nation-state attackers, protected from built-in backdoors and yet open to promote the free-market digital commerce key to America’s economic and national security future.”

“This new 5G paper by Andy Keiser strongly lays out the case for U.S. leadership in this critical arena while warning against falling prey to the siren song of nationalization and other bad ideas,” said Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute at GMU’s Antonin Scalia Law School. “This paper, which provides actionable recommendations for the US government, should be required reading for those in our government working on these issues and as well as for our allies who face similar threats in the 5G space,” said Mr. Jaffer.

The paper is available here.

Andy Keiser’s bio can be found here.


About 5G Action Now

5G Action Now was founded to establish the United States as the worldwide leader in 5G. Our goal is to elevate the conversation regarding American national security and the economic benefits of winning the 5G innovation and deployment battle against China. 5G will spur economic growth in rural America, create an environment for technological expansion, and put the U.S. on strong national security footing for generations to come.

5G Action Now supports the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) goal of a 2020 C-band auction. Additionally, we support Members of Congress of both parties working together with the federal government to win the 5G race against China.

About Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers is the former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and now serves as the Chairman of 5G Action Now.

In Congress, Chairman Rogers worked with two presidents, Congressional leadership, foreign leaders, diplomats, and intelligence professionals, and oversaw the Intelligence Community’s $70 billion budget that funded the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. Before being elected to represent Michigan in the House of Representatives, he was an FBI special agent and member of the U.S. Army.

Today, he hosts the CNN Original Series Declassified, regularly appears on various TV and radio shows, and frequently contributes to major print outlets. He is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center where he is leading a program on 5G, national security, and intelligence policy.