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A No Hype Assessment On Starlink Security In Combat Environments: There are risks and mitigation measures

The full Starlink system is an incredible capability. High quality engineering was applied to reimagine the every component of the architecture, including ground stations to control the architecture, satellites which communicate with each other and the ground, and new terminals with advanced antennas that can track satellites without need for a gimbal. The ground element also includes an easy to use WiFi component and an ability to directly plug in other Internet capabilities. It really is an engineering marvel. More satellites are required before the system reaches full operational capability, but it is already making a difference around the world.

But this system was not designed for combat and has limitations when being used in this role. Many mitigation measures are in place that can make it harder on adversaries to exploit these limitations. This post reviews provides insights onto these mitigation measures.

Written for OODA members, a more extensive version of this report has been provided to the Government of Ukraine.

 

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Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of OODA LLC, the technology research and advisory firm with a focus on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity which publishes OODALoop.com. Bob is the co-host of the popular podcast The OODAcast. Bob has been an advisor to dozens of successful high tech startups and has conducted enterprise cybersecurity assessments for businesses in multiple sectors of the economy. He was a career Naval Intelligence Officer and is the former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency.