It is problematic for the Fleet to access these great cloud services due to the lack of shipboard satellite communications connectivity. As an example, with the introduction of Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and its logistics system requiring greater throughput than the current shipboard satellite communications architecture can provide, the Fleet will sub-optimize the JSF advanced warfighting and ISR gathering capabilities. The U.S. Marine Corps is beginning to realize shipboard satellite communications deficiencies with their upcoming JSF deployments on U.S. Navy's LHA/LHD-class large deck amphibious ships. I strongly recommend the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps analyze their satellite communications (transport-layer) requirements in view of developments of the cloud and deployments of the JSF and its logistics/ISR system (application-layer).
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