On Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear expert testimony on the development of 5G infrastructure from the following witnesses:
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I don’t disagree with much that Alexei Bulazel, Sophia d’Antoine, Perri Adams and Dave Aitel wrote on Huawei and risk mitigation, and endorse almost all of their argument.
The discussion over Huawei must examine not simply whether China would use this technology maliciously, but the specific threats that Huawei equipment could pose and the extent to which these threats can be mitigated.
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In a letter released Wednesday, six former combatant commanders and intelligence chiefs outlined “grave concerns” about risks posed by Chinese-developed 5G networks, including espionage, constraints on U.S. military operations, and threats to democracy and human rights. The letter is available here and below.
It’s worth inserting some technical realities into the debate over whether the United States and its allies should or shouldn’t allow acquisition of Huawei 5G technology for use in communications infrastructure.
The United States cannot fall behind China in 5G implementation. But that implementation will bring with it substantial national security, cybersecurity and privacy risks.
The Federal Trade Commission has sued Qualcomm over anti-competitive pricing practices that hamper tech and cybersecurity development.
The Trump administration’s efforts to protect the security of fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks by limiting the deployment of Chinese technology both domestically and globally meld trade policy with cybersecurity policy. On both counts, it should not be considered sufficient.