U.S. military wants to capture New Space/constellation satellite wave. Can it?

by Peter B. de Selding

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which is about to move under U.S. Air Force Space Command jurisdiction, may be ready for a long-argued reform that would scrap the use of contract price as the prime selection criterion, the agency’s satcom division chief said.

Clare Grason’s DISA portfolio includes $550 million in annual satellite bandwidth-lease contracts, mainly short-term, in addition to a multi-year contract for narrowband services from Iridium Communications. DISA’s total contract volume is $4.5 billion, she said . . .

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