Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien, Ref: National Strategy to Secure 5G. 1-15-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOffice of the Press SecretaryJanuary 15, 2021Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O’BrienToday, the White House is announcing the finalization of the Implementation Plan associated with the National Strategy to Secure 5G. This Implementation Plan, approved by President Donald J. Trump, is the culmination of a robust interagency development process and serves as the framework for how the United States, in partnership with industry and our likeminded international partners, will lead the way in the development, deployment, and management of secure and reliable 5G telecommunications infrastructure.5G wireless technology will be transformational with the potential to touch nearly every aspect of our lives and spur incredible economic growth. With this potential, the stakes for securing this new technology could not be higher. The National Strategy to Secure 5G Implementation Plan will help to provide the American people with secure, reliable, and trustworthy 5G infrastructure. The work to enhance the security of 5G and beyond networks will require a range of efforts from across the United States Government, working in close collaboration with our international and industry partners. The United States Government is committed to fostering innovation and realizing the technological promise of 5G, while continuing to safeguard our economy and national security. This Implementation Plan, driven by the National Strategy to Secure 5G, achieves this purpose through four lines of effort: Facilitating domestic 5G rolloutAssessing the risks to and identifying core security principles of 5G infrastructureAddressing risks to United States economic and national security during development and deployment of 5G infrastructure worldwidePromoting responsible global development and deployment of 5G technologyThis Strategy and Implementation Plan keep the Administration’s promise to protect the national security, economy, and critical infrastructure of our Nation by ensuring we are well-postured to secure this critical technology.A copy of the Implementation Plan can be found here:  https://www.ntia.gov/5g-implementation-plan ###

Statement from the WH Press Secretary: Regarding Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration

(1-12-21) The White House Press Secretary has released the following statement regarding Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration:

“Today, President Trump is issuing an Executive Order on Promoting Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration, which will further revitalize the United States nuclear energy sector, reinvigorate America’s space exploration program, and produce diverse energy options for national defense needs. 

The United States has used transportable nuclear reactors for nearly 70 years for functions like propelling aircraft carriers through the sea and enabling submarines to stay underwater for long periods of time. Using small modular reactors for national defense and space exploration will allow the United States to maintain and advance our leadership and dominance across space and terrestrial domains. 

Small modular reactors have the potential to enhance energy flexibility and energy security at domestic military installations in remote locations. At President Trump’s direction, the Department of Defense will establish and implement a plan to demonstrate the energy flexibility and cost effectiveness of a small modular reactor at a domestic military installation, and will pilot a transportable small modular reactor for a mission other than naval propulsion for the first time in half a century.  

Nuclear power sources are essential to deep space exploration, where solar power is not practical. The sustainable exploration of the Moon, Mars, and other locations will be enhanced by small modular reactors deployed from Earth for operations across the solar system. NASA will explore the use of nuclear energy systems for human and robotic exploration missions through 2040.