Inmarsat Government’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch Comments on USAF’s Comsatcom Funding Plan

Jeff Brody
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

TYSONS CORNER, VA, February 26, 2020 — Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government strategy and policy at Inmarsat Government, is pleased with the U.S. Air Force's move to include commercial satellite communications in its fiscal 2021 new budget request, ExecutiveBiz reported Feb. 12.

C4ISRNET reported Feb. 11 USAF leaders highlighted in the Space Force budget blueprint a proposal to build an architecture to facilitate warfighter connectivity via both commercial and military satcom platforms.

“That is an excellent acknowledgment of the obvious dependence on commercial SATCOM for this integrated architecture, for resilient comms. So this is very positive news," Cowen-Hirsch told the publication in an interview.

The report noted Space Force seeks $43M in funds to support research, development, test and evaluation work on the proposed "Fighting SATCOM" enterprise but Cowen-Hirsch says the minimum funding level for the effort should be $60M.

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