FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
— Jeffrey Hill, News Editor.
Via Satellite’s military e-letter could not have published at a more important time than this week. As the Obama administration maps out the details of its long-term strategy in Afghanistan, the Future ComsatCom Services Acquisition (FSCA) program aims to work out the kinks of an acquisition process that has prevented the government from creating any kind of long-term communications infrastructure plan.
FSCA, set up by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. General Services Administration to combine the civilian and military commercial satellite acquisition vehicles into a one-stop shop, will open up greater opportunities for the commercial satellite industry to provide services to carry out government missions. However, the biggest obstacle in delivering communications solutions to the military is, ironically, communication itself.
Commercial and military satellite partnerships deal with a wide variety of perceptions, and in some cases, misconceptions. While both sides see the need to work together, the “ideal partnership” — one that could satisfy commercial, military and government decision makers while clearing the regulatory red tape — has yet to be defined. But the reality remains that 80 percent of military satellite communications are currently handled by commercial entities and that number needs to grow in order to meet the military’s future requirements.
To address this issue, Via Satellite has decided to go beyond this e-letter with a new webinar. On Dec. 16 at 1 p.m., I will be hosting “Addressing the Issues of Government and Military Bandwidth Acquisition,” a webinar featuring a panel of representatives from all corners of the issue — government, military, analytical and commercial satellite industry. We are providing an opportunity for everyone involved to sit at the same table and discuss solutions. This is a must-attend for satellite companies looking to expand their business intelligence and hear directly from government and military officials on how efficient bandwidth acquisition is progressing. For our readers in the government and military, the webinar will give you an opportunity to better understand the concerns of your commercial providers. For a majority of perceptions and issues, you may be surprised to find yourselves on the same page.
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