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FY2025 Pentagon Budget May Indicate Serious DOD Interest in Commercial Satcom, Viasat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch Says

FY2025 Pentagon Budget May Indicate Serious DOD Interest in Commercial Satcom, Viasat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch Says
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Gov't Strategy SVP, Viasat

According to Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch of Viasat, the commercial satellite communications industry views the inclusion of a $134 million line item for commercial satcom integration within the proposed fiscal year 2025 Pentagon budget as a positive development, SpaceNews reported Thursday.

“We’re hopeful this means DoD is getting more serious about leveraging commercial capabilities,” Viasat’s senior vice president for government strategy and policy told SpaceNews in a recent interview.

Cowen-Hirsch noted, however, that no details have been provided about how the money for commercial satcom integration will be spent, though the hope is it would be used as a working capital fund dedicated for military users with operational satcom needs. According to the Viasat executive, such a dedicated fund would make it easier for various military customers to access commercial satellite services.

The commercial satcom integration fund started a few years ago at $25 million. Last year, the amount was set at $71 million.

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Written by Jerry Petersen

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