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USAF Gen. John Hyten: Single Entity Could Address Integration Issue Between Satellites, Terminals

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Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said he believes a single organization can address the synchronization issue between satellites and their corresponding terminals, National Defense reported Wednesday. Hyten said at the Space Symposium that Air Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, who was nominated to serve as head of U.S. Space Command in March, could play a role in addressing the problem.

“Raymond is now the sole authority for purchasing [satellite communications]. The key now is to work with the other services and make sure we have a plan to integrate the network so we don’t end up with these dozens, even hundreds of different terminal types that we’re working with that really drive enormous costs and hurt our efficiency on the battlefield,” he added.

Hyten was recently nominated to serve as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by the Trump administration.