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The military establishment is planning for an increase in need for satellite communications bandwidth and services. The lessons learned from most recent operations demonstrate that commercial satellite operators can efficiently provide the capacity and services needed. A new balance between military and commercial satellite output is coming, which will be considered by all key decision-makers in the United States and Europe, including defense and security organizations like NATO and the EU Common Defense and Security Policy.
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Since September 28, 2012, General Palomeros is the NATO Strategic Allied Command Transformation (SACT), in charge of strategic planning, training and forecast, which includes the NATO space doctrine.
At an initial stage of the process (2009), Netherlands had indicated its readiness to participate.
On September 12, 2012, the French Ministry of Defense procurement agency, DGA, announced that it had launched a study on the future capacities of military satellite communications, with a view to design the next COMSAT NG program aimed at replacing the Syracuse III system in 2019. It will be noticed that the DGA asks for due consideration of the “potential of cooperation with European partners,” more specifically the UK and Italy.
go back to reference Dubaï Air Chiefs Conference, 12 Nov 2011 Dubaï Air Chiefs Conference, 12 Nov 2011
go back to reference Euroconsult Conference, Paris, 14 Sept 2012 Euroconsult Conference, Paris, 14 Sept 2012
go back to reference US national security space strategy, Jan 2011, p 9 (unclassified summary) US national security space strategy, Jan 2011, p 9 (unclassified summary)
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