DoD Contracts for Study on the Impact of Sharing Spectrum (1/24/13)
Thursday, January 24, 2013 | Comments

Alion Science and Technology was awarded a $1.5 million contract by the Department of Defense (DoD) Spectrum Policy and Programs to study the impact of potentially reallocating or sharing spectrum bands. DoD is dependent on RF spectrum availability to run its sophisticated communications systems, and some RF bands are being eyed by the commercial sector to increase broadband capacity. The task order has a period of performance through July 1, 2015.

Alion will assist DoD in developing a long-term spectrum strategy that will anticipate, guide and respond to changes in technology, policy and regulation and ensure spectrum access for all current and future DoD systems. Alion will perform analyses of the potential impacts to DoD systems currently using the targeted bands and provide recommendations to DoD stakeholders.

“As commercial communications technologies become more pervasive, DoD is facing increased pressure to reallocate some of the spectrum it relies on to conduct modern warfare,” said Charlie Fletcher, Alion senior vice president and manager of the strategic operations group. “Reallocation would present a daunting challenge to the government. Alion will assist DoD with the development of studies and plans for specific at-risk RF bands that support critical warfighter missions and are currently targeted for access by commercial systems.”

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) identified several potential RF bands for reallocation and auction for broadband services, including bands currently used by the DoD.

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