Course #303-13-FXVA-1

Commercial Satellite Support to DoD

Dates: Sep-26-2013 - Sep-26-2013


AFCEA Headquarters (Map)
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033

Hours: 8:30am-11:45am

Early Bird Rates In Effect through 08/16/2013!

$280 $180 Government AFCEA Member
$300 $200 Government Non Member
$340 $240 Non-Government AFCEA Member
$360 $260 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 has been confirmed. This course follows a two day offering of Military Satellite Communications in a Net-Centric Communications World, September 24 - 25, 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.