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Air Force Seeks Lower Cost Satellite Communications

January 1, 2014


Military satellites have become extravagant luxuries. Commercial bandwidth leases also are entering the "too expensive" category as defense budgets shrink.

For the Defense Department's satellite communications buyers, the pressure is on to find lower cost alternatives.

"We need innovative approaches" for providing space-based services, said Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, in Los Angeles.

Pawlikowski, who oversees a $10 billion military space portfolio, spent the past two years surveying the private sector for money-saving ideas. She found that there are lots of good deals to be had from commercial space vendors, but to take advantage of those deals, the Air Force needs to revamp its buying methods.

"A different strategy would be for us to go out and leverage the bargain basement aspects of the satcom business," Pawlikowski told National Defense in a telephone interview from Los Angeles Air Force Base. READ MORE: htt|K//biL|y/ld836GW

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Source: National Defense

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