Air Force’s Deanna Ryals: DoD Eyes International Partnerships to Support Military Satcom Operations

WidebandGlobalA U.S. Air Force satellite communications official has said the Defense Department believes in the role of allied countries in the development and operation of military satcom systems and in efforts to achieve “resilience” in satcom operations, Space News reported Thursday.

Peter B. de Selding writes Deanna Ryals, chief of the international military satcom division at the Air Force’s milsatcom systems directorate, made the remarks Wednesday at the SMi Group-hosted Global Milsatcom conference in London.

“If we can move between our own milsatcom capabilities, commercial capabilities and allied capabilities, it makes it difficult for our adversaries to know where we are,” Ryals told event attendees.

Ryals noted that DoD asked 16 allied nations to participate in the Wideband Analysis of Alternatives that seeks to address a possible shortage in wideband capacity and that approximately eight of those invited international partners said they would take part in the analysis, de Selding reports.

She also cited that approximately six international governments participated in the 10th Schriever Wargame 2016 exercise held by the Air Force Space Command in Alabama, the report added.

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