Gen. Jay Raymond Clears Space Force Satcom Enterprise Vision

Jay Raymond
Jay Raymond

Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force and a 2020 Wash100 inductee, has signed a document that describes how the new service branch envisions building a single enterprise to support warfighter communications through military and commercial satellite networks.

USSF said Wednesday it aims to help military personnel transition from one network or terminal to another with minimal disruption as part of its Vision for Enterprise Satcom.

The service worked with its Commercial SATCOM Office and the Space and Missile Systems Center to determine what concepts and requirements to incorporate into the vision document. 

According to USSF, it plans to form a group of professionals that will be tasked with organizing the enterprise and creating a roadmap to align budgeting efforts with the integrated satcom plan.
The branch added it seeks to produce a "flexible modem interface" framework meant to support the Department of Defense roaming service as well as a Wideband Global SATCOM replacement strategy.

“Despite the global, instantaneous reach of our satellite communications systems … the current loose federation of SATCOM systems needs to improve in resiliency, robustness, flexibility, and manageability,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Liquori, director of strategic requirements, architectures and analysis at USSF.

The document calls for the service to adopt approaches that can accelerate technology procurement efforts and command-and-control systems that can help warfighters gain an advantage during missions.

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