How industry can solve…the DoD’s perceived SATCOM terminal challenges

April 18, 2019 News

In her latest contributed article for MilSatMagazine, Inmarsat Government’s
Senior Vice President of Government Strategy and Policy, Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, discusses
how commercial technology innovations and flexible business models can resolve the need
for enhanced operational flexibility of legacy military terminals.
Cowen-Hirsch dissects the claims that most satellite terminals used by the military are not
compatible with modern SATCOM technology, explaining that the terminals can embed within
a SATCOM as a Service model that is owned and managed by trusted commercial operators.
Additionally, she references a recent U.S. Air Force technology pilot project that
demonstrated the ease of a military SATCOM terminal seamlessly roaming across commercial
As demonstrated in the pilot and echoed across industry, addressing near-term
improvements and enhanced operational flexibility of legacy terminals is not an
insurmountable issue. “As valued industry partners, we make significant investments in
modular terminals to replace vertically-integrated systems to support the government’s drive
towards establishing a completely integrated architecture,” Cowen-Hirsch wrote.
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