Security Trumps Speed For 5G Networks: CNAS

Breaking Defense | November 07, 2019

The US government must play a much more active — and more expensive — role in rolling out 5G networks, working with the private sector and foreign allies to develop a more secure alternative to China’s champion, Huawei. “The notion of ‘America first in the race to 5G’ will not work and is not a winning strategy, nor should the aim of the United States be to deploy 5G ‘as soon as possible,’” one of the leading national security scholars of the US-China technology competition, Center for a New American Security fellow Elsa Kania writes in a new report. “Speed must not come at the expense of security, and future 5G networks should be secure by design from the start.”

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As the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election heats up, the issue of student debt has become a major issue with most candidates promising to address it in some shape or form. For example, Bernie Sanders wants to abolish student debt completely while Elizabeth Warren wants to make colleges tuition-free and cancel considerable chunks of debt for large swathes of borrowers. As the talking point gets louder, outstanding student debt across the country now stands at $1.52 trillion which makes it the second largest form of consumer debt after mortgages.

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As the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election heats up, the issue of student debt has become a major issue with most candidates promising to address it in some shape or form. For example, Bernie Sanders wants to abolish student debt completely while Elizabeth Warren wants to make colleges tuition-free and cancel considerable chunks of debt for large swathes of borrowers. As the talking point gets louder, outstanding student debt across the country now stands at $1.52 trillion which makes it the second largest form of consumer debt after mortgages.

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