Tag Archives U.S. DoD

Continued Momentum for Commercial Satellite Acquisition Reform

Committees in the House and Senate are making significant progress towards crafting the two annual bills that set policy for and fund our national defense.…

Commercial Integration Cell a Sign of Stronger Collaboration in Space

Later this summer the Commercial Integration Cell (CIC) will begin operations for a six-month trial in the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), a command-and-control center…

A New ‘Arms Race’ in Space?

Old and new adversaries are working intently to counter America's supremacy in space. This fact has been discussed widely within government and industry circles for…

A Full Partnership in Space

Earlier this week SpaceNews published an article by Intelsat General President Kay Sears. Kay calls for the DoD to partner with commercial satellite operators in…

How do we meet the Insatiable Need for Satellite Bandwidth in Asia?

Both the Defense Innovation Initiative, proposed in November 2014 by former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and the Council on Foreign Relations’ newly released report…

Interview with Dave Kaufman of Ball Aerospace

Recently SatCom Frontier caught up with Dave Kaufman, Vice President and General Manager at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation. Ball specializes in building medium-sized satellites…

2016 Will be the Year of Outsourced WGS Operations

The U.S. Air Force is targeting 2016 as the year to outsource the operation of its Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) constellation to commercial providers. That's…

The Federal Budget – Fiscal Uncertainty, Global Challenge, and the Value of Commercialization

In its annual budget request last month, the Administration proposed increasing the defense budget to $534 billion in 2016, about $35 billion more than the…

Rep. Rogers Endorses Longer Leases for Commercial Satellite Capacity

With a vision to reduce costs and increase military use of commercial satellites, Rep. Michael Rogers (R-Alabama) wants long-term government leases of such satellites. As…

The Top Ten Reasons America Needs a New Space Architecture

Next week at the SATELLITE 2015 show in Washington, DC, I will participate in an important panel discussion titled The Future of Government and Military…

More Reasons Why Government Satellite Requirements Keep Accelerating

New technologies and new strategic imperatives are fueling accelerated demand for satellite bandwidth. This requirement is growing rapidly not just for the Defense Department (DoD),…

MUOS – a Vital Next Step for Narrowband Satellite Communications

All of us at Intelsat General congratulate our government colleagues at SPAWAR PMW-146 on the successful launch of MUOS-3. MUOS, the Mobile User Objective System,…