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USAF wants cheaper, more secure SATCOM

4th November 2015 - 13:31 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London

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The US Air Force is in the midst of conducting several studies that could ‘fundamentally change’ how the service acquires and deploys protected satellite communications (SATCOM) in the future.

The DoD is looking at ways to bring down the costs and redefine the architectures of today’s ‘aggregated’ systems that are often considered to be too complex, expensive and vulnerable to anti-satellite weapons or cyber attacks. 

Speaking at the Global Milsatcom conference in London on 4 November, Deanna Ryals, the chief of the USAF’s International Military Satellite Communication Division, said a Protected SATCOM analysis of alternatives (AoA) had already been completed ...

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