T-SAT: A True Revolution in Military Communications

Conceived as the centerpiece of a revolution in military communications, the Transformational Communications Satellite (T-SAT) has the potential to provide war-fighters around the globe with Internet-like connectivity to all the resources of the joint force, regardless of whether they are on the move, under fire, or otherwise disadvantaged. But Congress doesn’t understand the program, which to the uninitiated sounds like a raft of other networking initiatives. So funding has been slashed, the date of the first launch has receded, and there is doubt the constellation will ever be built. Losing T-SAT would be a tragedy, because it can fill many gaps in the existing communications system.

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