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Information Domination Vol 1

Information Domination Vol 1

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Published by: CDR Salamander on May 01, 2014
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From Left to Right: LT Matt White, LT David Bloore, CAPT Amy Burin, CDR Baldomero Garcia, ASN RDA The Honoarable Sean Stackley
 Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition Sean Stackley visited SSC Atlantic Feb. 6. During a town hall meeting that was broadcast to all center sites, he shared his perspective from working inside the Beltway, and took questions from the audience. He also toured the data center on the Charleston campus, and took part in a small business roundtable in town. “I want to have a dialog with employees to find out what’s working, what’s not working, and what we can do better,” the assistant secretary said at the start of the town hall meeting. He discussed the challenging budget situation being felt in the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, the nation and all over the world. These fiscal challenges have required a long-term focus on the health and welfare of the government workforce and a careful mapping of the nation’s technical industrial base. “Our nation’s superiority at sea and in theater is based on the technical superiority that resides in our warfare centers and system commands,” Stackley said. That’s why attracting, Training and retaining people with the skill sets needed to ensure our nation’s technical superiority is paramount, he added.
Mr. Sean Stackley Stresses Technical Skills of the Workforce
Stackley Stresses Technical Skills of the Workforce 2
Navy Communications Satellite Program – One Step Closer to Delivering a New Capability 4
“A Taste of Diversity” at SCC LANT
6 ENDURING PARTNERSHIP...BUILDING CAPACITY Enhancing the Royal Saudi Naval Forces future C4I capabilities 7 US, Romania begin work on Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Complex
9 Notes from the Editor
To be more effective and efficient in delivering capability to the warfighter, Pentagon leaders have been identifying exactly what each warfare center and systems center is responsible for, and the functional and critical skills required at those centers. Last year’s guidance on work acceptance ensures they are working in those areas. Any work done for other customers has to contribute to the center’s core competency, he said. “We have a core responsibility to be the technical experts of the systems we field. As far as IT technical authority goes, you are it,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure we do it right, with the right amount of oversight, technical authority and technical expertise,” he said. “You have to be the subject matter expert on your systems. We will not win the next war just by using large numbers of people. We will win it with great technology. You are that arm,” Stackley told the SSC Atlantic listeners. “When warfighters go into harm’s way, they depend on the technical systems you are providing to protect them and give them the edge,” he said.
Navy Communications Satellite Program – One Step Closer to Delivering a New Capability
By LCDR Michael Aiena and Joe Willis
The second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-2) satellite successfully completed a 30 day drift through space culminating in an on-time arrival at its Continental United States operational slot in a slightly inclined orbit over the equator on January 9, 2014. A series of burns designed to induce a drift rate of approximately 3° per day initiated the relocation maneuver. A team of satellite engineers from the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC), the Navy Communications Satellite Program Office (PMW 146), Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics closely monitored MUOS-2 to ensure a successful finish to the relocation sequence, courtesy of a few well executed “stopping” burns. MUOS is a narrowband military satellite communications system that supports a worldwide, multi-service population of users in the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band, providing increased communications capabilities to smaller terminals while supporting interoperability with legacy systems. MUOS is designed to support users
MUOS-2 Satellite (Ready for Launch Vehicle Integration)
that require greater mobility, higher data rates and improved operational availability. The MUOS program includes a satellite constellation of four operational satellites plus one on-orbit spare, a ground control and network management system and a new commercial cellphone like Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) waveform for user terminals.
MUOS-2 Launch (19 July 2013)
After launch on July 19, 2013, MUOS-2 underwent a rigorous On Orbit Test period verifying the operational status of the satellite bus, which provides power and other host services to the payload. Upon completion of the On Orbit Test period, the Navy took operational control of the satellite from the prime contractor during the Handover-2 ceremony and commenced relocation of MUOS-2 to its CONUS location. The Navy also accepted three of the four MUOS ground sites located at Wahiawa, Hawaii; Geraldton, Australia; and Northwest Annex, Virginia at the Handover-2 milestone. The EDOs supporting PMW 146 are CAPT Joe Kan, MUOS Program Manager; and LCDR Mike Aiena, APM for Launch and Mission Operations. CDR Chris DeSena, MUOS Contracting Officer Representative & Principle APM; and CDR Matt Bohlin, Terminal Integration & Test Lead, are Aviation Engineering Duty Officers. Rounding out the military personnel in the program are the APM for Integrated Logistics Services, CDR (S) Paul Benishek, Supply Corps; and LTC Rodger Pitt (US Army), Launch and Mission Operations Division Director. LTC Pitt, the Army Liaison, supports the  joint mission aspect of MUOS. BEAT ARMY! Next up for MUOS-2 is an OT&E period later in 2014. This event must be successfully completed before MUOS-2 can be delivered for use by the Operational Community. The PMW 146 team remains proud of its many accomplishments over the last 2 years to include placing the first two MUOS satellites into geosynchronous orbit. However, the team is leaning forward to deliver the remaining three satellites and Niscemi, Italy ground site to support our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines around the world. Until next time….GO MUOS!!!

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