Rain and War

The time for battle is approaching. Timing is crucial; if ground is to be gained, strategy must be able to quickly change where necessary. Communication is critical. As the commander looks to the sky, he sees rain is coming – success now looks doubtful as his message may not get through. The year is 1864…

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Special Operations Forces (SOF) and X-band SATCOM: A Perfect Pairing

Since 2001, asymmetric warfare has become a keystone of US warfighting doctrine. Joint Publication 3-05, the DoD manual detailing asymmetric warfare, describes the complex nature of these “asymmetric” activities known as special operations, which range from direct action and counter-terrorism to foreign internal defense and humanitarian assistance. These operations are highly mobile, very specialized, and…

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X-band and HTS: Clearing the Myths

HTS is in the news a lot lately. But as we’ve highlighted in previous posts, it faces several challenges in military applications. In this series, we have outlined ways in which X-band compares to HTS for a military or government user. XTAR is the tried and trusted solution and naturally suited for the military but…

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Serving Government and Military Users

In the March/April 2017 issue of Government Military Communications Magazine, XTAR President and COO, Philip Harlow discusses XTAR’s exclusive focus on serving government and military users with X-band. Read the interview.

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XTAR Selected to Provide Connectivity to U.S. Navy UAS Program

Company to supply X-band satellite services for the continued testing of the MQ-4C Triton UAS XTAR has announced that it has been selected once again by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to supply X-band satellite bandwidth for the MQ-4C Triton UAS. The blanket purchase agreement has a ceiling of $9.8 million and consists…

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Comms-On-The-Move (COTM)

In today’s military and political environment, Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) is more important than ever before—the ability to maintain solid communications while moving across wide geographical areas is a large determinant of mission success—or failure. In the April edition of MilsatMagazine, XTAR’s Jim Chambers outlines the critical requirements decision makers need to keep in mind when reviewing…

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X-band and HTS: Exclusivity

XTAR has one customer and one customer only: the military or government user. Why is that important? With a lot of talk recently about HTS, we feel it is important to highlight how we are different, especially from the user’s experience. This post is third in a series of four which examines key ways in…

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X-band and HTS: Efficiencies

XTAR has one customer and one customer only: the military or government user. We see this as a strength, not a limitation, as everything we do is designed to ensure success for that end user. With a lot of talk recently about HTS, we wanted to explain how we compare, especially from the user’s experience.…

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X-band and HTS: Reliability and Flexibility

XTAR has one customer and one customer only: the military or government user. We see this as a strength, not a limitation, as everything we do is designed to ensure success for that end user. With a lot of talk recently about HTS, we wanted to explain how we compare, especially from the user’s experience.…

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Checking Under the Hood

Think about all the truly mediocre products that have made it to market. Your list might differ from mine, but I would include McDonald’s hamburgers, Wonder Bread and those exploding hoverboards. Now for all of those disappointing products that somehow made it, think about the high quality products out there that haven’t gotten the notice…

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