By Will Francis, Chief Products Officer, Roccor

At a recent forum convened by Aerospace Corporation to discuss U.S. national space assets, Lt Gen. John “JT” Thompson, Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said: “We must change our acquisition approach to stay ahead of our adversaries in space and to provide more capability for all our warfighters.”1

As an illustrative example: cell phones and tactical military radios work when they have “line of sight” to the receiving station. If you are over a hilltop or behind an obstruction, the radio waves are blocked…

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