AFCEA Intelligence Committee

April 14, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The differences in acquisition systems, the lack of effective communication and the uncertainties associated with the Congressional budgets all create real impediments to space innovation, says Gen. Bob Kehler, USAF (Ret.), of Kehler and Associates, speaking virtually during AFCEA International’s Partnering for Space Power in 2021 and Beyond event on April 13.

Before the explosion of the private sector’s low-earth orbit satellite constellations and commercial launch services, the divide between space-based capabilities used for national security purposes and solutions from the commercial sector was considerable. Technological investments by industry have created innovative and cost-effective solutions for the space domain, which can no longer be ignored by the Department of Defense, asserts Gen. Bob Kehler, USAF (Ret.), of Kehler and Associates.

October 22, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Gagarin Iurii

U.S. government officials expect that 5G wireless connectivity will bring about so many new applications that the defense and intelligence communities will be able to influence the standard’s development. Various government organizations already are preparing for its innovative technologies with trial efforts and planning.

In some cases, experts believe that some of the biggest challenges concerning wireless connectivity—bandwidth, security and resilience—will be more easily met even with 5G’s complexity. And, the Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN) technology approach offers even greater flexibility of networking for 5G.