Year in Review: Commercial Satellite Capacity to Shape Future of MILSATCOM

Although sequestration and the government shutdown weighed heavily over the government-user community, 2013 proved to be a very dynamic year for Intelsat General and the commercial satellite industry.

From supporting the Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) contract vehicle to the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies integrating commercial satellite solutions into their future wide-band communications needs, Intelsat General played a key role in this rapidly changing, global landscape.

These are some key insights from Kay Sears, president of Intelsat General Corporation, who participated in a Milsat Magazine year-end round up that tapped into the insights of several MILSATCOM leaders from the commercial sector.

Sears discussed how Intelsat General played a key role in several contracts awarded under FCSA including the provision of global connectivity to the Asymmetric Warfare GroupThe company also worked with DRS to support the Defense Wide Transmission Systems Comsatcom Network (DCN) by supplying capacity across six satellites along with the related ground infrastructure.

In addition, Intelsat General is part of a TCS team that will deliver managed Ku- bandwidth on Intelsat satellites and the associated IntelsatOneSM teleport and terrestrial services to the U.S. Marine Corps.

Sears also highlighted the exceptional effort by the Air Force’s Space and Missile Command (SMC) to help formalize its relationship with its trusted commercial satellite industry partners — for bringing more efficiency and advanced technologies to the warfighter.  This collaborative effort provides a greater understanding of commercial practices and their benefits for government customers.

2013 also saw key activities by DoD and Congress to encourage operators to continue investing in military capabilities, as industry providers become more integrated into the overall SATCOM architecture.

Sears discussed how Intelsat General is focused on implementing its next-generation high-throughput satellite (HTS) technology. The deployment of the Intelsat EpicNG platform will provide government and commercial customers with high-powered, high-throughput mobility solutions better meeting mission goals and requirements.

While budgetary issues will continue into 2014 and beyond, the lower cost of commercial satellite capacity will play a critical role in the design of the future military architecture, according to Sears.

Be sure to read the full Milsat Magazine article here.