Taking Advantage of Opportunities for Commercial Satellite Communications Services
DEFENSE BUSINESS BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The Department of Defense DoD relies upon the United States commercial satellite private sector to provide about 40 of its satellite communication services at a cost of roughly 640 million per year. These commercial satellite service providers often approach DoD with business propositions that include opportunities for attractive deals in terms of time, money, and capability. Some of these propositions would require DoD to contractually commit to satellite services when available, sometimes on an annual basis, or other times over a multi-year period that would require up front dollars for the purchase agreement. On many occasions, DoD is unable to take advantage of these offers due to either existing processes i.e. the Federal Acquisition Regulations, Joint Capabilities Integration Development System, and Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution or statutory restrictions, many of which are beyond DoD s control.
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