To support the ever-evolving demand for wireless spectrum expertise both in the U.S. and abroad, Alion Science and Technology (McLean, VA) has enhanced its long-standing capabilities in this area with the hiring of industry authority Karl Nebbia to support the company’s spectrum-related services.
Alion is a provider of advanced engineering, IT and operational solutions to strengthen national security and drive business results for customers in defense, civilian government and commercial industries. The company notes that "wireless frequencies are limited resources, but are critical to everything from cell phones and broadcasting to military and first responder communications. Policies and procedures for managing the wireless spectrum are complex, requiring deep understanding of both technical and legislative realities."
“The use of the wireless spectrum is exploding, so managing the technical and regulatory factors becomes more difficult every day. Alion has decades of experience, having provided numerous agencies with our advanced technical and operational capabilities, such as our support of software-defined radios,” explained Rob Hirt, Alion's sector senior vice president, who added that the future of spectrum development would require increased partnerships between government, industry and academia in order to develop both new technologies and policies surrounding their use.
Nebbia recently retired from the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), where he was associate administrator for the Office of Spectrum Management, a post he held since 2007. In his more than 30-year career with NTIA, Nebbia focused on developing policies and processes to manage the ever-growing issues surrounding the use of wireless frequencies by civilian government, the Department of Defense, commercial firms, municipalities and private users.
“Karl Nebbia is recognized as the key resource on spectrum-related matters,” Hirt concluded. “His insights and expertise will be of tremendous value to domestic and international organizations as we help them improve the allocation and management of this essential asset.”