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.