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Government Matters Panel: An Integrated SATCOM Architecture Establishes Critical “Path Forward” to Mission Success

December 20, 2019 News

By Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Senior Vice President, Government Strategy & Policy, Inmarsat Government

Space is recognized as vital to national security. The U.S. government is increasingly focused on the acceleration of a “defendable” space and the need for diversity, redundancy and resiliency of assets. In today’s modern age in which global conflicts and threats rapidly shift to create increasingly complex challenges, it is clear that we must pave a path forward via a satellite communications (SATCOM) architecture that integrates commercial innovation with military SATCOM (MILSATCOM). To achieve this, it requires industry and government leaders working collaboratively together to ensure a more protected space environment.

I recently participated in a panel discussion with Maj Gen Nina Armagno, Director, Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.; and Todd Harrison, Director of Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to delve deeper into this topic as part of the latest Tech Leadership Series Space episode of Government Matters. In the program, we discussed the criticality of an integrated SATCOM architecture for readiness, as well as resilient, robust and secure capabilities across the full spectrum of engagement for mission success.

Aired on ABC7 News in Washington, D.C. on December 19, you can now watch our full discussion.