Open Architecture Opens Opportunities for Acquisition Reform

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SatCom Frontier August 16, 2016

There has been a steady stream of recent ideas to reform military acquisition. Nickolas Guertin and James P. Craft have proposed one of the most intriguing. “One technique for speeding up the acquisition process is to use open system architecture (OSA),” they write in “The Cyber Implications of Acquisition Speed: Part IV,” published recently in […]

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SatCom Frontier August 11, 2016

Where once it was enough to develop revolutionary technology to send into space, now there is increased emphasis on protecting that technology once it gets into orbit. “We’re going through a renaissance,” Lt. Gen Jay Raymond told a group of young space professionals at a July 14 conference in Washington. “That renaissance is fueled by […]

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SatCom Frontier August 8, 2016

In an analysis done for NASA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Science and Technology Policy Institute warns of increased competition in space. The institute then offers a plan for the U.S. to maintain the leadership in space that it has enjoyed for more than half a century. The report is […]

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SatCom Frontier August 2, 2016

For decades, the most secure and protected U.S. military satellite network has served both a strategic and a tactical purpose. But now with space becoming a more contested and militarized theater, there is an ongoing conversation within the DoD to separate – or disaggregate – the strategic and tactical functions of the Advanced Extremely High […]

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SatCom Frontier July 28, 2016

Stephen Welby uses a beach analogy to describe his mission as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and for the Department of Defense’s quest for a Third Offset Strategy. “To surf the wave of global innovation, we must paddle out in front,” he says at every stop in what has been a whirlwind […]

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SatCom Frontier July 26, 2016

Using the U.S. wideband global satellite (WGS) model, Canada’s military plans a two-satellite constellation to fill its communications voids in the remote but fast-changing Arctic, a Canadian official told Space News at the recent MilSatCom USA symposium. The project is expected to cost $2.4 billion (CDN) and be operational by 2023, Col. Jeff Dooling, director […]

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SatCom Frontier July 22, 2016

Appearing on the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” just over a year ago, Gen. John Hyten, who heads U.S. Air Force Space Command, warned that “without satellites, you go back to World War II. You go back to Industrial Era warfare.” In the April edition of Aerospace America, Maryland research scholar Theresa Hitchens wrote that because […]

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Scott Walters July 19, 2016

Next month Intelsat will launch IS-33e, the second satellite in the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellite (HTS) platform. Earlier this year, the launch of the first EpicNG satellite, IS-29e, provided coverage for the Americas and the North Atlantic shipping lanes. Now the launch of IS-33e will provide a dramatically improved level of satellite connectivity to Intelsat General’s […]

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Myland Pride July 12, 2016

Globalization has made the world a smaller place, with people, goods and services crossing borders with ease unimagined by earlier generations. Much of this globalization is enabled by space-based capabilities, and specifically satellite communications capabilities. Once the domain of only a few technologically advanced nations, there are now more than 70 nations operating earth-orbiting satellites. […]

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SatCom Frontier July 7, 2016

In a recent Washington Post story, Lexington Institute defense consultant Loren Thompson talked about the daunting task the U.S. Department of Defense faces in its quest for a “Third Offset” strategy: a long-term technology advantage over potential adversaries. The Pentagon is seeking “an enduring competitive edge that lasts a generation,” Thompson said “But generations in […]

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