U.S. Space Command considers joint center to provide cyber security for satellite communications (SATCOM)

April 30, 2021
A critical part of defending SATCOM is building mesh networks to ensure system resilience in the event one part of the network is attacked.

WASHINGTON – The unified combatant command overseeing the military’s joint operations in space is working to stand up a Joint Cyber Center, its commander has told Congress. Fedscoop reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

30 April 2021 -- U.S. military branches are directing resources to the cyber center, which will look to ensure the cyber security of satellites and space-based communications, says Gen. James Dickinson, the Army general in charge of Space Command.

Dickinson says the center will be a critical part of the command’s mission and act as a central unit that can help it integrate with other cyber-focused commands, like U.S. Cyber Command.

While the larger command is focused on space operations, it already has three general officers focused on cyberspace, Dickinson says. He repeatedly responded to questions about the security of satellite communications (SATCOM) saying he has plenty of cyber capabilities to protect them but it is important to integrate operations across the military.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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