Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government strategy and policy forÂ Inmarsat Government,Â has saidÂ she believes an integrated satellite communications architecture should incorporate industryâ€™s technological advancements to change the cultural misperception about military and commercial satcom.
â€œFor space programs, it remains imperative to incorporate advancements from the commercial sector into the baseline [Defense Department] architecture as a means of reducing strains on an overstretched budget and inserting optimum capability, flexibility and resilience for end users,â€ Cowen-HirschÂ wrote in an article for MilsatMagazine.
â€œEase of operation in a complex operational environment is required, and SATCOM must be readily accessible wherever they go; employing smaller, agile, easy-to-use equipment and multi-band terminals to ensure systems stay up and running no matter how challenging the situational or geographic conditions, or mission priority,â€ she added.
Cowen-Hirsch noted the adoption of a unified satcom architecture that is backed by an innovative acquisition process and strategic planning would help advance the â€œcultural shift to centralized management and decentralized execution of SATCOM.â€
â€œTaking this unified architecture approach will enable the DoD to consider MILSATCOM and COMSATCOM as a holistic capability to best support military missions,â€ she said.