09 May 2016: When it comes to providing satellite services to customers, we are fierce competitors. When it comes to the Commercial Integration Cell (CIC), we are close collaborators comments Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Inmarsat U.S. Government SVP Government Strategy and Policy, in her article for MilSatMagazine.
On 1 June 2015, the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) launched the CIC pilot program to explore a partnership between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the satellite industry.
Through the ensuing expanded cooperation and synergies, JSpOC is seeking greater space situational awareness while improving the command and control capacity of U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC Space).
In this MilSatMagazine article Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch outlines the history and importance of the CIC and the unprecedented, cohesive effort taking place between the government and the industry’s leading companies to protect the space domain.
In addition, read comments from top DoD leaders including U.S. Navy Commander David Samara, Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, former Commander of JFCC Space and the 14th Air Force, Gen. John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, and Adm. Cecil D. Haney, USSTRATCOM commander on the important role the CIC plays in protecting spaces assets and awareness.
Since the pilot program’s launch, industry partners have lent insights into commercial best practices in order to help JSpOC optimize data sharing and decision-making related to space situational awareness, interference events, indications/warning and contingency operations, thereby leading the way for a superior state of crisis preparedness. Inmarsat recognizes the tremendous value in being good stewards of the space domain.
The company shares the same space with many other operators. Thanks to the CIC, all can work together to protect that space.
Read the full article entitled ‘Optimal Space Protection’ in MilsatMagazine here: www.milsatmagazine.com