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Military Satellite Communications In A Net-Centric Communications World


Satellite communications dominate current and planned military and government communications systems and make Net-Centric Warfare possible. This class 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.

OBJECTIVE: This class 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. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The class 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.


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, SHFn 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 Mega Satellite Systems

CONOPS and Budgeting

  • Concepts of Operations
  • Starlink, OneWeb Telesat & Other Systems
  • Advantage & Disadvantages of Each Constellation

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Course Instructor

Mr. James A. Mazzei has spent the last 20 years providing 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.


Course instructor Col. Jim Mazzei, USAF (Ret.), explains what steps the military must take now to avoid the emergency the military faces in SATCOM in his article "Crisis Pending in Military Satellite Communications."

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