China, supply chain risk, and the race to 5G

A deeper dive into the president's FY2021 budget request for the U.S. Department of Commerce reveals new initiatives aimed at safeguarding technology.

  • The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) seeks US$31 million increase to standup new program on telecommunications supply chain risks and update spectrum management for 5G.
  • The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) requests increased funding for new enforcement tools to target "China's destabilizing actions."
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requests US$27 million for three new programs on industries of the future, artificial intelligence, and 5G technologies.

The U.S. Department of Commerce may have the broadest array of agency types and mission sets across all of the federal government. The department is responsible for such disparate activities as managing our nation's fisheries, supporting minority-owned businesses, and counting every person in the country every 10 years.

However, the department also plays a significant role in trade, technology, and the race to 5G.

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