AoA validates growing commercial role in MILSATCOM architecture

  By Warren Ferster ARLINGTON, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Defense should continue to use a mix of military- and commercially owned satellites to serve its wideband communications needs, even as it requires increasingly higher levels of protection against jamming and other threats that have emerged in recent years. That is one of the…Read more AoA validates growing commercial role in MILSATCOM architecture

Diverse weather satellite user base presents opportunities and challenges

By Warren Ferster COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The dual-use nature of weather and environmental monitoring satellites can pose challenges from a data policy and user feedback perspective, but offers numerous opportunities for collaboration between the defense and civil sectors, government and industry officials said. Speaking on a panel entitled “National Infrastructure and Security Applications for…Read more Diverse weather satellite user base presents opportunities and challenges

U.S. military officials emphasize need for speed

  By Warren Ferster COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A dynamic threat environment and rapidly advancing technology are driving the U.S. military to emphasize speed and agility in acquiring and deploying new space capabilities, said senior U.S. national security officials at an annual space industry conference. These officials emphasized resilient constellations, composed in many cases of…Read more U.S. military officials emphasize need for speed

Partnerships hold key to resiliency in space

Maintaining space superiority was a prevalent theme at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO, which brought together senior space leaders from government and industry. Once considered a benign environment, space is now a viewed by U.S. military leadership as a warfighting domain, just like land, air, sea and cyber. Partnerships between agencies, allies and,…Read more Partnerships hold key to resiliency in space

Damn the reporters, full speed ahead

WASHINGTON – U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten twice implicated the media in a recent speech lamenting the U.S. government’s decades-long retreat from risk taking in space and missile development programs. Speaking June 20 at the Mitchell Institute here, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command and former commander of Air Force Space Command was careful…Read more Damn the reporters, full speed ahead