By Brigadier General Welton Chase, Jr. (US Army, Ret.), FirstNet Board Member
When your job is to protect our communities, nothing is more important than being connected, protected and situationally aware. As a U.S. Army veteran with three tours in combat, I had the privilege to serve while establishing communications systems in some of the most difficult circumstances to help our soldiers move, shoot and communicate. What I learned from these experiences is that communications is a vital lifeline essential to success.
Today, adversaries are working to disrupt our nation’s communications and critical infrastructure through cyberspace. With America’s first responder network – FirstNet – now over 50% deployed across the nation, we must continue to protect and secure our growing capability and capacity for public safety.