In a world that is increasingly interconnected, the US military is facing new challenges for veterans.
Although the United States is not at war with China, competition in Beijing is already intense, and regular and special forces deployed around the world may hinder conflict with Chinese technology, either directly or through proxy.
The worst offender is 5G, the same mobile communication technology that ordinary people will use or will use in the future.
What is 5G?
5G is the latest communication network technology.
Every 10 years or so, a new generation of mobile communications will go live. 1G, the first generation, came with the first cell phones. 2G comes with better coverage and SMS. 3G data and online services were introduced, while 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) increased network capacity and improved speeds to meet the growing demand for mobile data.
5G has 100 times faster download speeds than 4G, meaning a 3-gigabyte movie is 35 seconds instead of 40 minutes. 5G also has one-tenth the delay of its predecessor, with data response times faster than milliseconds.
5G promises to transform telecommunications networks to make new capabilities more available, such as remote functionality, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.
China and 5G
The development of 5G technology is an international affair, with many companies working on their own versions, primarily for domestic consumers.
However, the Chinese company Hawaii – which is said to have stolen its 5G technology from a Canadian company through cyber attacks – is introducing 5G technology to the world.
Given China’s unique national security laws, which require individuals and companies to cooperate with Chinese security services, any air technology around the world is a potential threat to privacy and national security. Through Hawaii, Beijing can spy or interfere with infrastructure and operations during peace or war.
Governments sensed the threat and banned Hawaii from their network. The British government did so in 2020, and the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission declared Hawaii a national security threat in 2021 following a series of Chinese cyber attacks.
Despite privacy and security concerns, some countries – notably in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America – have turned to China for 5G technology. Hawaii attracts low prices to these countries.
China seeks to transfer competition to global telecommunications by providing cheaper infrastructure to developing countries. In short, China continues to use the strategy of ‘credit diplomacy’ to infiltrate European and South American markets with 5D technologies as a means of controlling trade in regions such as Africa and Southeast Asia. Hasken, a partner and senior operations consultant at Markpoint Technology, told Insider.
In exchange for heavy debt and infrastructure such as railways, ports and telecommunications networks, Beijing has access to natural resources such as oil and minerals. In some cases, China has been able to claim ownership of infrastructure projects when the host country does not repay the loan.
The spread of 5G technology is also a threat to America.
The National Security Agency and the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency recently identified five vulnerable areas associated with the introduction of 5G and issued a suggestion that could be used by state and non-state actors:
Attempts by malicious state and NGO actors to influence the design and architecture of 5G networks
Weak 5G distribution chain
5G works on old, potentially vulnerable infrastructure
Limited Competition in the 5G Market
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Exclusive functionality and 5G