Douglas Loverro, deputy assistant secretary for space policy at the Defense Department, has said he believes commercial space platforms should be integrated into the overall technology architecture for warfighters, DoD News reported Wednesday.
Terri Moon Cronk writes Loverro made the remarks during a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies about the U.S. military’s use of commercial space resources and policy measures to support the commercial space industry.
“Over 80 percent of satellite communications that we use in combat today are commercial satellite communications but that’s not being used, but that’s not being viewed from a resilience standpoint or a surety standpoint,” Loverro said.
He added the military should integrate commercial services into “true war planning” to achieve operational resilience, the report stated.
Loverro noted the commercial industry’s space situational awareness adds to the government’s capacity and that the government should help evolve commercial space technology, Moon Cronk wrote.