Satellite communications technicians conduct routine maintenance
on a satellite dish at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

January 31, 2013

Can the Pentagon Unbundle Its Behemoth Space Systems?

“Disaggregation” is the word you want on your bingo card if you’re following the military satellite business these days. After spending decades focused on aggregation — that is, packing as many capabilities as they can onto one satellite to get the most bang for their buck in a single launch — the military is starting to think about reversing this trend. Disaggregation, then, is sending up less complex systems in smaller packages, but larger quantities. Threats of budget sequestration have allowed supporters, who argue this strategy will cut costs, to really turn up the volume.

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