Tag Archives: satellite communications

Military Seeks Expeditionary, Hybrid Satcom Services for the Future; Brig. Gen. Robert Collins Quoted

Brig. Gen. Robert Collins

Brig. Gen. Robert Collins, the U.S. Army's program executive officer for tactical networks, said the military wants to purchase end-to-end services and resilient hardware that can receive satellite communications in harsh environments. He spoke Wednesday at the Satellite 2021 conference about the military's need for a tactical, expeditionary network.

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GAO: DOD Should Find Options to Meet Narrowband Satcom Capability Needs

Narrowband Satellite

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) explore options for delivering narrowband satellite communications capabilities to meet near-term requirements and reassess its future narrowband satcom needs. “Reexamining its narrowband communications needs will enhance DOD's ability to field a timely replacement for MUOS and ensure warfighters have needed communications tools in the future,” the GAO report reads.

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GAO: DOD Should Adopt Leading Practices for Space Systems Acquisition

Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) implement leading practices for acquiring space systems, including the development of a comprehensive acquisition strategy for the Space Command and Control program and a plan to obtain additional knowledge before launching a new initiative, in order to help accelerate the delivery of new capabilities.

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CRS Issues Report on 5G Tech’s National Security Implications

DOD 5G Network

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report outlining some of the national security implications of 5G-enabled mobile technologies. CRS said in the April 23rd report that Congress may consider policies for national security, spectrum management, and military operations as 5G platforms are developed and fielded. 

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Hughes and OneWeb to Develop LEO Communications for AFRL

Hughes

Hughes Network Systems announced that the company and OneWeb have been selected by the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to demonstrate managed LEO satellite communications (SATCOM) services to connect the Arctic region to sites around the globe. Hughes will test and implement end-to-end services on OneWeb’s system between selected U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) locations, a first step in harnessing the power of LEO satellites for high-speed, low-latency broadband access in the Arctic.

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Gen. David Thompson: Space Force Looks to Commercial Market for Satellite ISR Capabilities

Gen. David Thompson

Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force, said the service is looking to broaden the procurement of commercial space services with the acquisition of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) satellite data and analytical services. "Comms, data relay, remote sensing, and even ISR and some other things — [these] capabilities are increasingly available in the commercial market,” Thompson said.

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Lauren Knausenberger: Air Force Must Automate IT Processes to Address Budget Shortfalls

Lauren Knausenberger

Lauren Knausenberger, chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force and 2021 Wash100 Award, said the service branch must work to automate information technology procedures in preparation for budget flattening or decline. Knausenberger said at an AFCEA event that the Air Force needs to keep up with the private sector which has been experiencing increases in IT spending.

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Lt. Col. Tim Trimailo: Space & Missile Systems Center Eyes Further SDA Partnerships

Lt. Col. Tim Trimailo

Lt. Col. Tim Trimailo, a materiel head at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said his office is working to develop recommendations on streamlining the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) contracting process. He noted that CASINO serves as the focal point for SMC’s activities in low-Earth orbit and has “a natural tie” to SDA’s initiatives. 

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Sen. Roger Wicker: President Biden Must Revive National Space Council

Sen. Roger Wicker

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has said the nation must take a “whole-of-government approach” and relaunch the National Space Council (NSC) to drive the discussion on the space domain while eliminating bureaucracy. The council must also have a diverse set of experts to reflect space policy's implications on commercial, military and civil customers, he noted.

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Lt. Gen. John Shaw: Spacecom Plans Space Domain Partnerships With NASA, Industry

Lt. Gen. John Shaw

Lt. Gen. John Shaw, deputy commander of U.S. Space Command (Spacecom), said that Spacecom and NASA could enter into a partnership in the coming months to address planetary threats that could hamper space domain awareness. He added that Spacecom is looking to work with the private sector to build satellite communications technology. 

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