Bill Evanina, director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center, emphasized at the April 16 INSA Spring Symposium that if the United States doesn’t step up the pace in 5G development now, China will own the global apparatus for 5G service in the near future.

“How we drive, build, moderate, and I’ll even say govern 5G, for me, has significant national security implications that if we don’t deal with this now, 10 years from now it’s going to be too late,” Evanina said. “Three years from now, it’s going to be too late.”

But going forward, Evanina said it’s feasible for America to prevent China’s 5G domination by creating a “perfect public-private partnership” to define what 5G will be in the United States and to drive “hard telecommunication processes of which everything will prosper.”