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Course #303-13-SDCA-1

Fixed & Mobile Commercial Satellite Systems & Their Relationship to DoD.

Dates: Jan-31-2013 - Jan-31-2013


San Diego Convention Center (Map)
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


Module One:  8:30 a.m.  -  10:00 a.m.

Module Two: 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

$280 Government AFCEA Member
$300 Government Non Member
$340 Non-Government AFCEA Member
$360 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: This course follows a two day offering of Military Satellite Communications in a Net-Centric Communications World, January 29-30, 2013. For details on the MILSATCOM class:

Course Description:

Commercial Satellite communications make up the majority of current and planned military and government communications systems and enhance Net-Centric Warfare. This adjunct provides a review of the evolution of fixed satellite systems, mobile satellite systems and personal systems such as Iridium and Globalstar.  It illustrates how the military is dependent on commercial systems for infrastructure communications as well as for surge capabilities and immediate emergencies and contingencies. It also illustrates how commercial systems, unlike military systems must survive in the market place rather than be developed through multi-year programs managed by robust program offices.


The commercial adjunct is designed for those desiring a complete view of military communications systems and their use of the variety of assets and architectures available in the commercial marketplace. A general background in communications is not necessary.


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 has served 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.





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AFCEA will confirm that a course session is a "go" no later than Jan-17-2013, 14 days prior to the start date of the course. Please see the PDC FAQ for additional course cancellation details.


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