A Via Satellite Seminar
Wednesday, July 25
Registration Required - Opening Soon
For the past year, the U.S. military satcom acquisition strategy has been divided between bulk satellite buys and alternative communication platforms, namely hosted payloads. Over the next 10 years, the U.S. Department of Defense could spend as much as $1 billion to piggyback its communications onto hosted payloads featured on commercial satellites, U.S. Air Force officials confirmed earlier this year. Analysts suspect that the Pentagon could start seeking companies for contract bids as early as the fall. Hosted payloads are one of several satcom options that are being considered by the military to reduce costs.
How will the U.S. Military move forward with its acquisition plans? What role will Hosted Payloads play in those plans?
To find the answers, Satellite TODAY/Via Satellite News Editor and Panel Moderator Jeffrey Hill speaks with Joeseph Vanderpoorten, U.S. Air Force SMC, Technical Director, MILSATCOM Advanced Concept Group and Charles Edwards, commercial satellite communications deputy program manager, DISA.
The panel will examine how U.S. military satellite and space tech acquisition strategies have come under scrutiny by not only Congress, but also commercial space industry groups and the military itself. The panel also will address how the satellite industry has invested in hosted payload offerings it believes the military could utilize as a cheaper alternative to meet their needs compared to exclusive and bulk satellite buys. We will also explore questions on the other side of the argument: Do exclusive, bulk satellite buys better serve the military's needs? Are hosted payloads not mature enough to change the Pentagon and Congress' thinking on how it will acquire its future space capabilities?
Tune in for Via Satellite's July Hosted Payload Webinar for the answers to these important questions.
Deputy Chief of the COMSATCOM Center
Mr. Edwards is the Deputy Chief of the COMSATCOM Center. Prior to this assignment, he was the Future Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Services Acquisition Program Manager, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role, he led the development of COMSATCOM contracts that will deliver COMSATCOM services for Department of Defense and Federal customers for many years. Previously, he served as the Deputy Program Manager, Commercial Satellite Communications, involved in the provisioning of COMSATCOM services, both Fixed Satellite Services and Mobile Satellite Services for DoD and other Federal organizations. He directed the initial and ongoing analysis of DoD requirements for commercial satellite capabilities and acquisition planning for commercial satellite services for Navy and Coast Guard customers. Working with commercial satellite vendors, he led the development and implementation of Information Assurance measures for DoD COMSATCOM acquired under the DSTS-G contract. Additionally, he has worked with the Satellite Industry Association and industry partners to address the role of COMSATCOM in the Transformational Communications Architecture (TCA) for the National Space Security Office.
News Editor, SatelliteTODAY.com/Via Satellite Magazine
Jeffrey Hill joined the Access Intelligence Satellite Group in July 2008. Jeffrey comes from a variety of writing and journalistic backgrounds — including news reporting, Web editing, creative writing and design. Prior to joining Access Intelligence, Jeffrey was the Web editor for Next American City magazine, a staff news writer for Philadelphia Weekly, the largest weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania and a freelance contributor for several national publications. He is currently a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Satellite Professionals International.
The live audio is delivered to your location over the telephone or your computer speakers. The Power-Point presentations are presented over the Internet and are available to print out before the program. This is like a talk-radio program with visuals on the Web. You and your team will be able to have a live Q&A with all the speakers.
You need Real Player or Windows Media Player installed on your computer. If you do not have either, please follow the instructions below to download and install them. Or if you prefer, a phone for the audio and an Internet connection to let you watch the slides and other information on the Web will suffice. No other downloads or special hardware needed - a dial-up connection will work fine.
- One (1) set of materials (you may make copies for all of the persons you invited to listen to the program);
- One (1) toll-free connection to the seminar (if you select the audio connection), and
- One (1) Internet connection to the seminar.
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- If you do not have Real Player, Adobe Flash Player or Windows, a touch-tone telephone will work also. It works best to use a speakerphone so that others can listen too.
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