Beauchamp’s rules for the Pentagon’s wideband AoA

The deputy under secretary of the Air Force for space, explained how his office will help run the wideband AoA during a June 28 speech at the MilSatCom conference in Arlington, Virginia.

“We know we’re not going to have a one-size fits all solution. The demand for bandwidth, surge requirements, protection profiles — they’re going to fluctuate over time and over geographic regions. Customers have different requirements that are optimized with a different mix of satellite communications.“We know [that] trying to optimize for efficiency is not going to work in an environment where we are optimizing for resilience. If you come to me with a plan that says, ‘I can give you the best possible deal as long as you give all the work to me,’ [that’s] probably not going to fly. If we’re working for resilience, I’d much rather have 10 percent of 100 satellites than 100 percent of 10 satellites. That has a bunch of other advantages of well.

“Any solution that we come forward with has to be holistic. You can’t just sell me an awesome, brand new satellite constellation without taking into consideration terminals, command and control segments, bandwidth management segments, and cyber. We need to make sure all of the components of the architecture are synchronized and ensure that proposals come forward are evaluated in an apples-to-apples manner.

“We are going to use the findings coming out of the Air Force and [Defense Information Services Agency] pathfinders in the AoA. We’re going to bridge both the focus and the shape of future pathfinders so that they will be directly applicable to inform the AoA.”