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Military Seeks Expeditionary, Hybrid Satcom Services for the Future; Brig. Gen. Robert Collins Quoted

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Brig. Gen. Robert Collins
Brig. Gen. Robert Collins PEO Tactical Networks Army

Brig. Gen. Robert Collins, the U.S. Army's program executive officer for tactical networks, said the military wants to purchase end-to-end services and resilient hardware that can receive satellite communications in harsh environments.

He spoke Wednesday at the Satellite 2021 conference about the military's need for a tactical, expeditionary network, Space News reported the same day.

Clare Grason, who leads the U.S. Space Force’s Commercial Satellite Communications Office, said future warfare would require a system of multi-layer and multi-band satcom services.

The military is interested in satcom services that combine multiple satellites from across different orbits including low-Earth. She said USSF plans to base this future satcom approach on Iridium's existing model for expanded partnerships with the private sector.

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