Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Senior Vice President of Government Strategy and Policy for Inmarsat’s U.S. Government Business Unit, discusses how the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 supported a real promise of change, with a call for a consolidated and streamlined satellite communications (SATCOM) acquisitions model, in Washington Technology magazine.
Pending legislation, the Promoting Value Based Procurement Act of 2017 validates the need to remove satellite services acquisition from traditional “Lowest Price Technically Acceptable” (LPTA) considerations. In addition, the Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) is prompting the Pentagon to rethink the way it purchases wideband satellite communications.
U.S. government users need mobile, high-throughput connectivity anytime, anywhere, and Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch highlights how SATCOM as a Service model achieves this.
She illustrates the need for increased interoperability among space, terminal and ground segments, at an affordable value, and by implementing and moving forward with a completely integrated architecture, military end-users benefit from superior capability, portability, flexibility and resilience.