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NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

No. 007-02
January 4, 2002


Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today the
creation of an office to establish policy in the area of
command, control and communications and provide direction for
DoD frequency spectrum issues.  Steven Price was named deputy
assistant secretary of defense (DASD) for Spectrum and C3
Policy, reporting to Assistant Secretary of Defense John P.

This is the first time spectrum issues have been raised to the
DASD level.  As DoD's use of the electromagnetic spectrum for
communications grows, it increasingly runs into potential
competition, interference and coordination requirements for
international and commercial frequencies.  The Department's
long-standing bands of spectrum are critical to meeting the
needs of the warfighter yet also are considered prime by
investors in third generation and ultrawideband device markets.
Over the past decade, the government has ceded 247 Mhz of
bandwidth to industry - more than half in the desirable 3 GHz
band.  Maintenance of sufficient spectrum and bandwidth is
essential to network centric warfare and information
superiority, two key transformational tenets of joint operations
like Enduring Freedom.

Price says his vision is to "help DoD build a global secure
wide-band network, with wireless access, for warriors in the
field so that bandwidth does not limit or impede U.S. military
capability.  Transforming towards a network centric military
that decentralizes decision-making by allowing access to
information anytime, anywhere and without concerns of bandwidth
or interoperability will help create the flexible, reliable and
effective joint command and control systems that will be needed
in the future."

Price came to DoD from LiveWire, a provider of software and
outsourcing services where he was president and CEO.  He is a
lawyer by profession with degrees from Brown University, where
he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Columbia
University School of Law.  His previous experience in government
was as a special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to the START
Talks, under President George H.W. Bush.

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Olivier Minkwitz___________________________________________
Dipl. Pol., wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
HSFK Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung
PRIF Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Leimenrode 29 60322 Frankfurt a/M Germany
Tel +49 (0)69 9591 0422  Fax +49 (0)69 5584 81
Mobil   0172  3196 006
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