Five Questions to Ask Your Satellite Service Provider About Information Assurance

March 24, 2014

By Vinit Duggal, Director and Chief Information Security Officer, Intelsat

Reposted from the Intelsat Corporation blog.

Interview with Peg Grayson, President, MTN Government

March 4, 2014

Recently SatCom Frontier sat down with Peg Grayson, president of MTN Government. We discussed a number of issues affecting the government satellite market, such as bandwidth procurement, hosted payloads and cybersecurity. The interview appears below.


Thanks so much for joining us today. Please give SatCom Frontier readers an idea of your background and experience.

Rewriting Acquisition Rules a Benefit for Military Users of COMSATCOM

February 26, 2014

The Department of Defense and Congress are joining efforts to review and rewrite the currently cumbersome military acquisition policies to help cut costs and streamline the overall process, a step that could have far-reaching implications for the commercial satellite indust

Why Ku-band Makes the Most Sense for the DoD

February 20, 2014

Commercial satellite capacity has proven its reliability over the last decade of U.S. military operations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia and Africa, and is increasingly being considered as a centerpiece of the Pentagon’s future strategy. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is now considering the best approach for the future to ensure that it can meet increasingly varied and ever-evolving satellite communications needs across the global geo-political landscape.

Applauding Proposed Changes to Commercial Satellite Services for Defense

January 30, 2014

Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Congressman Mike Rogers provided some encouraging insights into how the U.S. military should change the way it purchases commercial satellite services.

Interview with David Bruner of Panasonic Avionics

January 23, 2014

SatCom Frontier recently spoke with David Bruner, Vice President of global communications services at Panasonic Avionics Corporation. David talks below about Panasonic’s move into providing in-flight broadband connectivity, and the ongoing Ku- vs. Ka-band HTS debate.

Please give some background on your business division inside Panasonic.

A Thanks from Afghanistan

January 14, 2014

At IGC we work hard to provide top quality service to all our customers, every one, with no distinction. And that especially includes providing reliable satellite communications and top notch support to the men and women who are quite literally on the front line, in harm’s way, at operating bases in the Afghanistan theater of operations. 

Modifying UAS CONOPS Would Dramatically Increase Bandwidth Options

January 9, 2014

The American military enjoys a large C4/ISR superiority over any other force in the world today. This superiority is fueled by satellite communications (SATCOM) bandwidth. Due to the imperative of preserving this vital advantage and the natural course of technological advancements, the need for SATCOM bandwidth is projected to keep increasing for at least a decade. This growth is fueled primarily by the increased need for Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) missions.

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

January 7, 2014

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.

NDAA Language Promising for Space Acquisition Reform

December 17, 2013

The text of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill was released last week. The language of the bill pertaining to satellite acquisition promises to have a dramatic effect on how the DoD interacts with satellite operators to use commercial capacity and services.

The language is contained in Section 913 of the bill, “Space Acquisition Strategy.” The section looks specifically at multi-year procurement of commercial satellite communications (SATCOM), which is far more efficient and economical than the current spot market purchases.