PAE Joins National Spectrum Consortium, Expands Innovation Opportunities

By Terrence Nowlin

PAE has been accepted as a member of the National Spectrum Consortium, a research and development organization that facilitates synergies among its members from industry, academia and government to develop electromagnetic spectrum technologies for 5G implementation. The consortium was recently granted the U.S. Department of Defense Spectrum Forward Other Transaction Agreement, an effort worth up to $2.5 billion to develop, adopt and deploy next-generation technologies, including 5G and spectrum access solutions.

We believe PAE is well-poised to apply its specialized expertise delivering technology-enabled solutions to address U.S technology infrastructure modernization challenges related to 5G, 5G-based technologies and spectrum access, said PAE Vice President Craig Franklin, who leads innovation initiatives in the company’s Global Mission Services business unit.

“PAE works with each customer to assess their infrastructure needs and challenges as we continuously refresh an ecosystem of technology partners and associates who help us bring the most effective and innovative solutions to meet customer requirements,” Franklin said. “Through membership in organizations like the National Spectrum Consortium, PAE facilitates relationships that foster access and insight into the latest technologies and capabilities for our customers at an affordable cost.”

Members in the consortium benefit from greater visibility into the needs of the U.S. government as it prioritizes 5G technology as a key part of its defense strategy. Besides gaining clearer insight to respond to government customer needs, Franklin said members have exclusive access to opportunities on key government projects, including several Department of Defense 5G testbed contracts made available exclusively through the consortium. 

The National Spectrum Consortium started through a five-year, $1.25 billion agreement with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Emerging Capabilities and Prototyping. The consortium aims to research and develop prototypes to support 5G implementation, educate federal agencies on technology allocation, consult with the U.S. government to share ideas and advocate as the voice of U.S. industry and academia for spectrum-related technologies and issues.