March 2019 Edition
Warfighter Comms, C&C, Program Management + Strategic Planning
Arctic Comms for Warfighters: The connectivity required within a brutal environment and potential future conflict, By Dan Gager, Vice President of Business Development, COMSAT, Inc.
With melting ice exposing valuable natural resources and new trade routes, the Arctic has become the next economic frontier and the United States is in a race to strategically position itself to protect its interests in the region.
DoD’s Automated Satellite Roaming: How the technology protects against denial of satellite services, By Dr. Mark Dale, System Architect, EM&C, Kratos Defense
Satellite communications (SATCOM) are an essential capability for U.S. military operations and missions. But they also present an attractive target, one that leaders believe adversaries may attempt to deny, degrade, and destroy in the future.
Empowering the Warfighter: A better way to keep pace with technology, By Ken Peterman, President, Government Systems, Viasat
Viasat collaborates closely with warfighters who are deployed around the globe to clearly understand the “problem to be solved” in customer terms, such as improved mission effectiveness and warfighter safety.
Versatile and Robust X-Band: Impressive performance for MILSATCOM, By Krystal Dredge, Director of Marketing, and Dr. Ian Timmins, Principal RF Engineer, AvL Technologies
X-band is designated by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as satellite communications spectrum in the frequency range of 7.25 GHz to 7.75 for space to Earth (receive) and 7.9 GHz to 8.4GHz for Earth to space (transmit).
Increasing the Warfighter’s Bandwidth: The innovative use of the WGS’ Global Broadcast Service, By Carl D’Alessandro, President and CEO, Windmill Int’l, and President of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, AQYR
Though new technologies and services have the potential to provide more SATCOM bandwidth to the warfighter, deployed users continue to struggle with congested networks.
Size May Not Matter: Why bigger may not be better... for antennas, By Dr. Rowan Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer, EM Solutions
Does size really matter? Perhaps satellite communications mirrors life in many ways. Bigger is more powerful. A bigger antenna means higher performance. Size, then, does matter?
Missile Warning and Defense: For today, tomorrow and beyond..., By Brad Bolstad, Director, Raytheon Space Systems
In 1946, melted chocolate in the pocket of a Raytheon engineer led to the invention of the microwave oven, a technology whose core function and use has remained pretty much the same for decades.
The Portable Radome: Protecting SATCOM terminals from environmental hazards in the field, By David Walton, Vice President, Walton De-Ice (W.B. Walton Enterprises, Inc.)
SATCOM-On-The-Move (SOTM) or SATCOM-On-the-Pause (SOTP) systems have proven to be effective tools for providing secure, beyond-light-of-sight communications on land for military troops in remote locations and “austere” tactical environments.
The TCPED Information Revolution: Adapting to the 21st century, By Mark Knapp, Director of Business Development, National Security Programs, Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT)
The information management model of tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination (TCPED) deserves renewed attention in an era when the volume and value of information is expected to increase at exponential rates.
The Hunt for Talent: How to attract viable and reliable candidates for your company or organization, By Barry Vince, Founder and Owner, Two Roads Professional Resources
During a meeting among masterminds in the United States defense industry in San Jose, California, several prime military contractors, educational and political leaders, sounded an alarm.
The Government Satellite Report: mPOWER — What is it and when can we expect it?, By Ryan Schradin, Executive Editor, GSR, and MilsatMagazine Senior Columnist
In September of 2017, SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, announced that they’d be ushering in a, “new era in global cloud-scale connectivity and high power data services,” by launching a new networks system they called “O3b mPOWER.”
Enhanced Comms for the Warfighter: Meeting those needs..., By Aaron Titus, Business Development Manager, Norsat International
Enhanced communications capability has always been the cornerstone of modern warfare and the key to any successful mission. Considering modern warfighter communications, the reality is soldiers are not bound to predetermined areas and fixed home bases for secure data transmission.
Command Center: John Serafini, Chief Executive Officer, HawkEye 360
John Serafini is the CEO of HawkEye 360, developer of space-based radio frequency (RF) mapping and analytics capabilities. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Allied Minds where he led the formation of and the investment into HawkEye 360, along with other Allied Minds companies such as BridgeSat, Federated Wireless, Optio Labs, Percipient Networks, and Whitewood Encryption Systems.
A Common Ground System: More than a step foward, By Andrew Werner, Director for Space Products, a.i. solutions
A common ground system is seen by many in the space industry as a mechanism to recognize significant cost and schedule reduction for space missions.
Are Mission Critical Communications...stuck in 1912?, By Anatoli Levine, Director, Products and Standards, Softil
The time has arrived for public authorities and first responders to use 21st century technology to work smarter and better.
A New Chapter in...Government procurement of satellite solutions, By Skot Butler, President, Intelsat General
At the end of 2018, division chief Clare Grason and her entire satellite communications team at the Defense Information Systems Agency moved over to work in the same capacity under General John (“Jay”) Raymond at the U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC).
The Crucial Need for Mobile: The case for a global telemedicine vehicle network, By Drew Klein, Director of International Business Development, C-COM Satellite Systems
Nearly 50 percent of the world’s population have no access to basic health services. The vast majority of this population live outside cities, in peri-urban areas, where few hospitals exist.
Realistic Mission Modeling: Underpinning the technological advantage in a complex space threat environment, By Mike Wasson, Senior Director for Department of Defense, Space Operations Business Development, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)
Those of us who are well-connected within the space community hear the continuous drum beat of adversaries improving their organic space capabilities, closing the gap of the United States’ competitive advantage in the domain.