Speed Is Answer to Air Force Concern About the Future in Space

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SatCom Frontier June 23, 2016

The Air Force Air Superiority 2030 Flight Plan is about speed, but not necessarily measured in terms of exceeding the sound barrier. It’s about how fast potential adversaries are closing in on Air Force capabilities which have allowed the United States to maintain air superiority for decades. The plan defines air superiority as being achieved […]

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Eric Moltzau June 21, 2016

Recently, I wrote about the push to improve Air Force Space Command’s Enterprise Ground Services (EGS). EGS is not a new kind of ground system or acquisition program – it’s a new approach to satellite ground infrastructure critical to supporting General John Hyten’s overall concept for the future Space Enterprise Vision. Space has been called […]

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Myland Pride June 14, 2016

While Gen. John Hyten’s “Commander’s Strategic Intent” is meant to offer a roadmap of the future for the 22,000 airmen and 9,000 civilians of Air Force Space Command, that’s hardly its limit. The General’s priorities:  “Win today’s fight”,  “Prepare for tomorrow’s fight,” along with “taking care of our Airmen and our Families” are definitely applicable […]

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Michael Millward June 9, 2016

As a retired Army Signal Officer, I understand how critical satellite connectivity is to accomplishing the mission. I’ve also experienced how frustrating bandwidth constraints can be in the field.  And, unfortunately I’ve been in many one-way “discussions” with commanders and senior leadership when communications aren’t operating properly. When I was on active duty, I couldn’t […]

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SatCom Frontier June 7, 2016

Television news and the Internet delivered thousands of images earlier this month of the gigantic firestorm that ravaged the Canadian province of Alberta. The entire population of Ft. McMurray, over 80,000 people, were evacuated as the fire bore down on their city. Over 1,000 firefighters fought the fire around the clock, supported by more than […]

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SatCom Frontier June 2, 2016

The latest in special operations strategy and technology were on display last week at the 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC). Held in Tampa, Florida, the overall theme of the event was “Evolving the Network to Counter Emerging Threats.” This made perfect sense, considering the degree to which effective special operations depends on maintaining […]

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SatCom Frontier May 31, 2016

“Technically acceptable” is a logical standard for procuring items like printers and laptops. However, it could certainly be argued that such a minimal standard may not be appropriate for technology the DoD needs to rely on in space. Potential adversaries like China and Russia are threatening U.S. superiority in space, and we should respond with technology […]

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SatCom Frontier May 23, 2016

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announcement of a Robotics Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program in March is an important step towards extending the productivity of America’s space assets. DARPA is looking for a public-private partnership with the commercial space industry that would make robotic in-orbit servicing available to both military and commercial […]

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SatCom Frontier May 17, 2016

Although children’s books and animated films often depict them frolicking together, penguins and polar bears actually occupy opposite ends of the earth. Polar bears are found in the far northern latitudes, while penguins occupy the world’s southern oceans and land masses. But Intelsat General customers enjoy satellite connectivity provided by facilities at both ends of […]

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SatCom Frontier May 12, 2016

Few who follow Congress were surprised recently when Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) stepped up quickly to co-sponsor the American Space Renaissance Act. The bill, authored by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), sets out an ambitious program to secure the United States’ position as the world’s most prominent and powerful space-faring nation. The bill encompasses national security, […]

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