Over the last several decades, the US economy and the Federal Government have both grown increasingly reliant on the commercial satellite communications industry. Today, such vital activities as television broadcasts, the Internet, oil and gas exploration and production, financial transactions and agricultural production all depend, in part, on the ability to communicate by satellite.
Our economy now depends on the ability to create and instantly distribute vast amounts of information around the world. Space-based communications platforms have become vital to the day-to-day linking of national and global economics, the prediction of weather, the navigation of virtually all forms of transportation, the operation of power grids and the completion of local and global financial transactions.
Last month, I testified before the Senate Committee Subcommittee on Science and Transportation on how to protect our SATCOM assets in orbit that allow us as a society to do all those things. Our space infrastructure is a critical part of our modern economy and our nation’s defenses. This is an area that demands more attention and public/private collaboration.
Please see below for an excerpt of my testimony. Intelsat General will continue to be a leading voice in this vital conversation.