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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: US Government’s Commercial Satcom Adoption Efforts Could Drive Cultural Change

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: US Government's Commercial Satcom Adoption Efforts Could Drive Cultural Change - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: US Government's Commercial Satcom Adoption Efforts Could Drive Cultural Change - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government strategy and policy at Inmarsat Government, has said latest government efforts could pave the way for a cultural change that would leverage commercial satellite communications systems to support military missions.

She wrote in a Via Satellite piece posted Friday that one of those efforts is the House Appropriations Committee's move to allocate $49.5M in fiscal 2019 funds to help the U.S. Air Force establish a new program of record for commercial satcom.

Another initiative is the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that authorizes Gen. John “Jay“ Raymond, head of Air Force Space Command, to oversee commercial satcom procurement for the Defense Department a year after the law's enactment, she noted.

“This signifies further movement toward consolidation of authority, while specifying that commercial satcom must play a key role in the government space acquisition model,“ Cowen-Hirsch said of the NDAA.

She cited the industry's potential role in the newly established commercial satcom office within Air Force Space Command and the need to fund industry-backed production, sustainment and operation through future federal appropriations.

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