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Air Force’s Winston Beauchamp: Commercial Satcom Services Key to Military Satcom Security

Winston Beauchamp, U.S. Air Force deputy undersecretary for space, has said the use of commercial satellite communications services could help secure military satcom systems and end reliance on single items for support, Space News reported Tuesday.

Phillip Swarts writes Beauchamp said at a Defense One event that the military’s space-based systems should evolve from an architecture that provides services from single systems to prevent attacks from adversaries.

“Right now, if somebody wanted to deny satcom services, for example, they pretty much know what satellites our capability is being delivered from,” Beauchamp added.

Beauchamp noted the military plans to use commercial satcom services and foster interoperability on the ground to secure military satcom, Swarts reported.

He added a multi-pronged approach will make it harder for jammers to identify where satcom services are being delivered from and subsequently deny those services.

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