Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said new government-owned satellites and other equipment could help meet the military’s needs in the wake of budget cuts for commercial geospatial imagery, Reuters reports.

Addressing a proposed reduction in orders from commercial operators GeoEye and DigitalGlobe, Kehler said, “We believe we can manage that. … A lot of that has to do with the increase in government-provided imagery, which has gone up pretty dramatically with the recent launches.”

Reuters, quoting industry sources, said the administration of President Barack Obama has proposed cutting funding for commercial imagery from $540 million to $250 million for fiscal 2013.


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