Defense Foundation Europe Homeland Security Industry Intelligence SIGNAL Magazine    

         Member Login
Member ID Password
Forgot: Password | Member ID            
Join or renew today to connect with the premier network of thought leaders in the global security community.

Join/Renew Links:



AFCEA Chapter News
Education Newsletter
Leadership Forum
Robert Howell Scholarship Fund
Scholarship Winners

Course #302-13-VBVA-1

Military Satellite Communications

Dates: May-14-2013 - May-15-2013


Virginia Beach Conventon Center

Virginia Beach, VA
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

$1,120 Government AFCEA Member
$1,200 Government Non Member
$1,360 Non-Government AFCEA Member
$1,440 Non-Government Non Member

"Mr. Mazzei is clearly an expert. I enjoyed his real world experience [and] anecdotes mixed in with the technical aspects of the course."
This course qualifies for Continuing Education Units.
Note: Please bring laptop to class, course material will be provided for download prior to start of class.

Course Description:

Satellite communications dominate current and planned military and government communications systems and make Net-Centric Warfare possible. This course provides a review of current and future military satellite communications. Internet protocol (IP) and IP over Satellite (IPoS) are addressed showing this protocol's strengths and weaknesses as a facilitator of Net-Centric warfare.

All of the current and future military and commercial satellite systems are described including MILSATCOM's evolution. The topics provide a perspective of satellite communications for military applications.

This course describes the fundamental aspects of satellite communication systems engineering with emphasis on the description of current and projected satellite networks in a net-centric and transitional communications environment.

The course is designed for military communications systems planners, engineers, managers, operators, system analysts, and decision makers who need a review of military satellite communications concepts and implementations. A general background in communications is recommended.

COURSE OUTLINE: Military Satellite Communications in a Net-Centric, Transitional Communications World.

Introduction and System Review

• Basic Principles of Satellite Communications, frequencies, orbits, design rationale
• Overview of Military Satellite Communications Systems, including UHF, SHF and EHF architectures

Satellite Links

• Model of a satellite communications system
• Link calculation components

SATCOM Terminals

• Terminal View of Link Equations
• UHF, SHF and EHF Terminals
• Future Terminals Planned

UHF Military Satellite Systems

• Fleet Satellite Communications System
• UHF Follow-On System
• Mobile User Objective System

CDMA/AJ/IP over Satellite (IPoS)

• Code division multiple access and anti jam formulas
• IP, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) & Universal Datagram Protocol (UDP)
• Performance Enhancement Protocols

Net-Centric Warfare Workshop

• OSD Philosophy and Directions
• Impact of Technologies on Net-Centric Warfare
• Latency and Remote Access Exercises

CONOPS and Budgeting

• Concepts of Operations
• Budgets of Military Systems
• Budget Exercise

Mr. James A. Mazzei
Course Coordinator and Lecturer

Mr. James A. Mazzei provides consulting services to DoD and Intelligence Community customers under a contract with a Federally Funded Research & Development Center. His principal areas of expertise are DoD satellite systems, commercial satellite systems, satellite earth stations and distributed networks. He has over 30 years satellite communications experience in the Air Force and industry, in technical and management roles. He has held technical positions ranging from test engineer to Chief Technical Officer, and management positions ranging from Earth Station Manager to Senior Director & CIO. Mr. Mazzei's experience in industry includes employment with Harris Corporation, COMSAT Corporation and Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc., and encompasses testing and production of major systems as well as systems engineering and technical assistance. In addition to his consulting services, Mr. Mazzei serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland, George Mason University and Johns Hopkins University graduate programs in the areas of satellite communications, data communications, computer networks, network management and executive programs.




AFCEA complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs should call (703) 631-6130 or email the PDC outlining requirements.


AFCEA will confirm that a course session is a "go" no later than Apr-30-2013, 14 days prior to the start date of the course. Please see the PDC FAQ for additional course cancellation details.


Please see the PDC FAQ for registration cancellation instructions and other PDC policies.

PDC Home | Education Home | Payment Authorization

All Courses offered in Fairfax, VA unless indicated
TELEPHONE: 1-703-631-6137 or 6135 or 1-800-336-4583, ext. 6137 or 6135
FAX: 703-631-6172 | E-Mail:

Connect with the AFCEA Educational Foundation

Like our Scholarship page on Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter
Shutterfly Photo Gallery
Event Presentations

About Us
Mission Statement
Board of Directors

Scholarships and Awards
Scholarship General Info
STEM Scholarships
STEM Teaching Tools
Scholarship Winners
Awards for Individuals
Awards for Chapters

Sponsors & Donors
Signature Sponsors
Leadership Society
Sponsorship Opportuniuties
Annual Fund Drive
Donor Recognition

Contact Us
Contact Us

AFCEA Educational Foundation
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033
(800) 336-4583
  © AFCEA International