Air Force satcom buyer Tom Becht: "We see a lot of independent commercial offerings. They are all good. But it would be nice if we could figure out how to do this from an enterprise perceptive.”
As the military sometimes must operate in contested environments, they will need more resilient communications system to overcome any intentional interference.
A Defense Department pilot program will gauge how multiple satellite communications system can work together to support the military.
An expansion of the WGS constellation to 12 satellites guarantees that the military will have more of its own satcom capacity and may need less from commercial services, dealing a setback to the industry that has argued for years that it can provide a better value for the money.
Peterman: While WGS is an important capability for the military, it is technology that has been surpassed by the private sector.
The 2018 defense appropriation may be the one and only chance for Congress to add $600 million for two new satellites given how large of an increase the Pentagon is getting — $61 billion more than last year’s funding.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is planning to include commercial satellites as a necessary part of its communications architecture in the future, a defense official said May 15.
It's the only one currently planned for the length of the so-called Wideband AoA, though the Pentagon will hold meetings with industry leadership
The Delta 4 carrying the Wideband Global Satcom 9 satellite lifted off at 8:18 EDT.
U.S. Air Force Space Command is looking to increase its partnership with industry, even preparing to bring in commercial operators to help run the Wideband Global Satcom constellation, the AFSC vice commander said March 8.
The launch was scheduled for March 8, carrying WGS-9, the Air Force’s next Wideband Global Satcom satellite.
The Defense Department has officially begun a study on what to do after the WGS satellite program wraps up.
Boeing and Engility received multi-million contract options to support U.S. Air Force space operations.