The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The identification of third-generation spectrum in the United States is probably not at the forefront of anyone’s mind right now, but it will certainly receive much attention in the coming months following the despicable events of last Tuesday. Much of the ensuing debate will undoubtedly kick into high gear and centre around increased security measures such as the use of Big Brother-type surveillance following the apparent inability of the U.S. intelligence community to pick up on the events that led to the destruction of the World Trade Centre. But how will the events that started at 8:45 am last Tuesday, really affect the outcome of the debate over 3G? The need for the U.S. military to maintain its grip on spectrum in the 1700 MHz band will undoubtedly be weighed heavily against the need for additional capacity from commercial wireless operators. Previously, the U.S. military talked about its need for existing spectrum to maintain domestic military operations while the wireless lobby rebutted saying international military activities should be a greater concern for the military’s top brass (see editorial from Sept. 4/01 issue). It seems more likely that the destruction of the WTC by a foreign terrorist group has al-ready created a heightened sense of urgency for the Department of Defense to hold on to what it has. And no one can fault the DoD for wanting to do that. American soil has been threatened and everything, short of closing its borders completely, should be done to protect it. The only problem with such a knee-jerk reaction would be the effect on the proposed 3G policies of the other nations in the Western Hemisphere. There’s no question that friends of the U.S. should band together and make sure that someone pays for this unwarranted attack. But should those same countries abandon spectrum policies that make the most sense globally just to support a friend in need? No one can answer that right now and only time will tell whether the U.S. military might well ultimately dictate 3G spectrum policy for the entire Americas region.