Hughes’ Rick Lober, Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch Discuss System-Level Approach to Mobility

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

Communications sector executives such as Hughes Network SystemsRick Lober and Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch discussed the various system-level approaches to mobility services for the military in a panel discussion at Satellite 2015, C4ISR & Networks reported Wednesday.

Cowen-Hirsch, Inmarsat senior vice president of government policy and strategy, said she believes mobility needs to be seen as a ubiquitous system through convergence devices that can run on commercial toolsets and military communication bands, Anthony Ware reports.

Rick Lober

Lober, VP and general manager for defense and intelligence systems at Hughes, said a managed-services model is needed to address top-level requirements and interoperability issues, according to the report.

Cowen-Hirsch noted managed services could produce challenges such as the need to reinforce and refine network management on commercial industry, Ware adds.

Jim Chambers, vice president of engineering at XTAR, also suggested the use of multiband terminals in order to handle Ku band in the field while getting Ka band task orders into the system, C4ISR & Networks reports.

Eron Miller, services division chief of COMSATCOM center within the Defense Information Systems Agency’s network services, moderated the discussion during the recently concluded Satellite 2015 conference held in Washington, D.C.

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