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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.

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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.

Protected Communications on Commercial Satellites

December 10, 2013

The U.S. Government makes extensive use of satellite communications (SATCOM).  Military and commercial SATCOM infrastructure can provide data, video, and voice connectivity between any two locations on the earth or in the air.  And it can do so much more quickly than other wired and wireless alternatives.  Government SATCOM, however, has an impending security challenge.

Will Budget Issues Make the DoD a Better Buyer of Commercial SATCOM?

November 5, 2013

Sequestration, the government shutdown and continuing budget resolutions are pushing the Air Force and the Pentagon to re-examine how they fund the national space programs.

Commercial SATCOM Works in Times of Diminishing Military Bandwidth

October 10, 2013

As the United States has expanded its aerial surveillance capabilities through the use of UAVs, the country’s military is finding itself dealing with an increasingly critical shortage of satellite bandwidth

The task of managing heavy data loads for beaming surveillance data to the ground in real time via satellite is becoming more difficult for UAVs like the Global Hawk.