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Communication Satellites

October 26, 2005—As top chart shows, Pentagon plans call for huge investment in communication satellites. One reason: DOD’s growing appetite for bandwidth. Another reason is the advanced age of today’s satellites (see bottom chart). Even if all planned programs are carried out, US communication capacity could shrink after 2020. Fixing the problems will cost $32 billion through 2024.

Source: Congressional Budget Office, The Long-Term Implications of Current Plans for Investment in Major Unclassified Military Space Programs, September 12, 2005.