This report assesses military use of commercial wideband satellites by evaluating their effectiveness across several characteristics defined by the United States Space Command. The cost of buying or leasing commercial systems is then found and compared with the cost of buying military systems with commercial characteristics.
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DoD Communications Demand Projections
Meeting Military Demand with Commercial Satellites: Contact and Evaluation
Can Commercial Systems Meet Military Criteria? Capacity and Coverage
Military Theater Use of Commercial Satellites and Implications for Flexibility, Interoperability, and Access and Control
Do Commercial Systems Meet the Military Criteria of Quality of Service and Protection?
Prices of Commercial and Military Capacity
Variance in Military Communications Demand
Investment Strategy Alternatives
Standard Frequency Designations
Current DoD Communications Satellites
Graphical Method for Communications Planning Under Uncertainty