British military says privatizing satellite telecom led to unacceptable loss of expertise

by Peter B. de Selding

The British Defence Ministry is still investigating scenarios for its next-generation satellite telecommunications system, called Skynet 6. But one thing is clear: The ministry thinks it has lost too much in-house expertise in the way it handled the previous Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative. Credit: UK Ministry of Defence.

LONDON — The British Defence Ministry is preparing to return to a conventional procurement of military satellite telecommunications capacity after concluding that outsourcing has emptied the Defence Ministry of its own expertise.

More than 14 years after embarking on the biggest . . .

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