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November 2009 Edition
Mobility + COTS
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Launching any issue of our MilsatMagazine publication is an exercise in delight — the cooperation received from industry professionals, military commanders and government organizations is most appreciated — we relish the opportunity to learn something new each and every day, thanks to the informative articles, telephone calls, visits at trade shows, and press releases. The amazing factor is how well the MILSATCOM industry remains so flexible and viable, day after day, week after week, and month after month, to preserve and protect — a true testament to the creative approaches taken to product and marketing by various MILSATCOM market segments.
INCOMING... issue's MILSATCOM news..., ... the editors
MilsatMagazine offers some of the most recent MILSATCOM news for our readers...
COMM OPS: Waiting For Obama..., by Elliot Holokauahi Pulham, CEO, Space Foundation
Samuel Beckett’s classic play, “Waiting for Godot,” “follows two days in the lives of a pair of men who divert themselves while they wait expectantly and unsuccessfully for someone named Godot to arrive,” according to Wikipedia. “They claim him as an acquaintance, but in fact hardly know him, admitting that they would not recognize him were they to see him. To occupy themselves, they eat, sleep, converse, argue, sing, play games, exercise, swap hats, and contemplate suicide — anything ‘to hold the terrible silence at bay’.”
COMM OPS: A COTM Solution, by John Rattigan, President, iDirect Government Technologies
Satellite communications is a critical technology for modern military operations. For units deployed around the world, it provides a high-speed communications backbone. It connects soldiers to each other and to central operations. And it enables them to stay united with friends and family back home.
COMMAND CENTER: Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Marshal Ward, Chief Operating Officer of Integral Systems
Major General (Ret.) H. Marshal Ward is the Chief Operating Officer of Integral Systems. He offers more than 40 years experience in the aerospace and defense industries. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Manager for the Space Systems and Electronics business area of BAE Systems. In this position, he was responsible for the inception of the business area and its growth by 2008 to US$270M in revenues.
COMMAND CENTER: Kenneth J. Torok, Jr., Vice President of Navigation and Communication Systems, Boeing
Ken Torok is vice president of Navigation and Communication Systems, responsible for leading Boeing’s MILSATCOM and Navigation businesses, including Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS), Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF, and Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) Payload program execution and mission success. He was appointed to this position in August 2008.
COMMAND CENTER: Col. Scott larrimore, SBIRS Space Group Commander
To offer some insight into the leadership behind this crucial program, MilsatMagazine delved into Colonel Larrimore’s background — we asked him about what prompted him to join the U.S.A.F. as a career officer, as well as what other postings he has experienced during his career, including his most enjoyable duty station. The Colonel offered the following information as to his qualifications to manage the SBIRS Space Group at the Space & Missile Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California.
PRIORITY BRIEFING: Swiftbroadband For UAVs, by Andy Beers, Thrane & Thrane
In a market which already relies on satellite communications, the integration of high-speed connectivity is a highly exciting prospect.
PRIORITY BRIEFING: Anti-Piracy Assistant = LRIT, by Henrik Dryholm, Market Development Manager, Thrane & Thrane
On April 18th, 2009, Dirk Traen of Belgium’s international dredging and land reclamation specialist Jan De Nul N.V. received the news all ship operators fear: One of his company’s vessels had been forcibly taken by pirates off the Gulf of Aden.
PRIORITY BRIEFING: Piracy Protection, ... the editors
An additional look at the problems of piracy on the high seas...
ASSET ANALYSIS: SATCOM Broadband Entry by Harris, by William Beamish, Harris Corporation
MilsatMagazine (MSM) asked William Beamish of Harris Corporation to afford us additional information as to why the Company made the decision to enter the market for broadband SATCOM terminals.
EVENT FOCUS: DoD Commercial SATCOM Users’ Workshop, ... the editors
The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) is a Washington D.C. based trade association that represents the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers across the globe. Since 1995, SIA has been the unified voice of the satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues that affect the commercial satellite industry. The association actively promotes the benefits and uses of commercial satellite technology and its role in national security, homeland security, disaster relief and recovery, and the global information infrastructure and economy. As the commercial satellite industry’s lead advocate, the SIA continually monitors the international and domestic regulatory landscape and works to advance satellite interests both at home and abroad. SIA member companies are actively involved in reviewing and commenting on spectrum, regulatory, telecom, international trade, export controls, government procurement, national defense, homeland security and industry trends among other key issues.