March 2009 Edition
INCOMING - Info Tools,
This issue features COMMAND CENTER interviews with leaders in the MILSATCOM world as well as technical articles to assist you with your satellite communication needs.
BRIEFING - New NAB Conference For Military + Government,
Todays military, government and first responders have a need to understand what the commercial broadcast world can offer to better manage their video and imagery requirements. Now, for the first time, the National Association of Broadcasters has teamed with industry and government partners to develop a conference targeted directly at the defense and military markets, at the worlds largest, digital media show 2009 NAB.
BRIEFING - MilComSats of the USSR/Russia,
In much the same way as the U.S. military forces use communications satellites, the USSR/ Russian military forces are a heavy user of communications satellites. A detailed analysis of the nature of the satellites used by the USSR/Russia indicates, however, that a different approach is taken to meet what essentially is the same objective, taking into account the local requirements.
BRIEFING - Time To Rethink ITARs,
In 1999, under the recommendation of a bipartisan commission headed by California representative Christopher Cox, the United States government instituted a sweeping change in its regulation of satellite and related technology exports.
Briefing - Advanced Milcom on Commercial Sat Systems,
Except for the WGS-1 satellite that was launched in 2007, the current fleet of military communications satellites represents decades-old technology and capabilities. In order to address current as well as emerging requirements for national security objectives, newer and more powerful systems are being developed and deployed by the U.S. Military. These assets include the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS), Advanced EHF satellites (AEHF) and the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) programs.
BRIEFING - Faster, Higher, Stronger..., A Theme for Military Communications, Not Just Olympic Athletes
In recent years defense organizations around the world, led by the U.S. DOD, have been pursuing the means to achieve net-centric warfare, in other words a fully interconnected battlespace with all forces communicating on an integrated, IP-based network. Net-centricity requires seamless communications, and thus the search for ways to increase the speed, bandwidth and power of communications across the battlespace, from ground to air and back, has driven R&D and implementation budgets for true broadband on-the-move capabilities.
BRIEFING- ISCe 2009 SATCOM Conference Is Revealing,
The Military NGOs First Responders Government Agencies all require secure and viable access to SATCOM solutions in order to respond to their crucial missions with success. Such is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure SATCOM environs continue to change as new technologies and new processes are brought into play, capacity is hard to acquire, and increasing costs can play havoc with budgets. How can one update their knowledge as to these changes, quickly and effectively?
BRIEFING - SATCOM Adoption by the Military,
Karl G. Fuchs is Director of Engineering for iDirect Government Technologies (iGT). Fuchs leads iGTs team of federal systems engineers and serves as chief architect for new product integration as well as the chief technical resource.
COMMAND CENTER - Robert Osterhaler, CEO, Americom GS,
COMMAND CENTER - Admiral (Ret.) Yossi Levy, Orbit Technology Group,
COMMAND CENTER - William Hartwell, G.M. + Sr. Director Riverbed,
COMMAND CENTER - Colonel Patrick H. Rayermann, COMM-fio, NSSO,
COMM OPS - Going Down Under for Afghan Satcom Support,
Although Iraq has overshadowed Afghanistan in terms of Coalition resource investment, that has all changed with the new U.S. Administration communications resources that support that area are now at a premium. In light of this shift in focus, the dilemma at PCI became how to expand our satellite coverage capacity for our customers while still being postured for changes.
COMM OPS - Winning Ways For Servicesat,
January 31st 2009, was a proud day for Servicesat. Just 12 months after being approached by one of Iraqs largest TV stations, Servicesat was able to deliver an original, tailor made, low-cost digital broadcasting solution enabling one of the largest TV stations in Iraq to broadcast LIVE in five Iraqi provinces the entire day throughout the Iraqi elections.
ON TARGET - Ka-band Linear Amp Selection for WGS,
ON TARGET - Operating XMPP over Radio + Satellite Networks,
XMPP, the Internet Standard eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol is being widely adopted for Instant Messaging (IM), Group Chat and Presence services in military networks.
ON TARGET - SIPR To The Soldier,
The U.S. Army is currently deploying its fourth generation Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) satellite communications terminals to Warfighters supporting the global War on Terror (GWOT). The SIPR/NIPR Access Point (SNAP) terminals are Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment to provide secure beyond line of sight (BLOS) communications to battalions and below.
ON TARGET - Meeting The Warfighters Growing Needs,
Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS)-based satellite communications solutions add to the speed, ubiquity, flexibility, and security of the net-centric enterprise and development of the Global Information Grid (GIG). Most importantly, COTS-based solutions ensure that whether on the ground in Afghanistan, in international air space or managing operations from the Pentagon, the warfighter remains connected receiving and sharing the information needed to safeguard U.S. interests.