The Defense Enterprise Wideband SATCOM Systems (DEWSS) provide combatant commanders and deployed Soldiers, as well as joint service personnel, DOD and national leadership, with secure, high-capacity satellite connectivity, enabling reachback for voice, video and data communications and transfer of intelligence information. DEWSS also provides the satellite payload control systems needed to plan, monitor and manage networks on the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) System and the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS), ensuring efficient use of wideband satellite resources. DEWSS provides the bulk of DOD’s satellite hub infrastructure and systems deployed worldwide, and leads the modernization of enterprise military satellite communications capabilities across the agency.

The DEWSS SATCOM portfolio includes terminal and baseband products that are integrated into a system-of-systems architecture supporting strategic communications infrastructure; presidential communications; the DOD Information Network; Army LandWarNet; the Ballistic Missile Defense System; and tactical reachback for deployed forces through DOD satellite communications gateways. DEWSS is a program of programs that fields new systems; replaces old equipment with new equipment; modernizes existing systems; and provides comprehensive acquisition expertise, systems engineering and integration in support of other service program offices and defense agencies, including the DOD Teleport Program and the Missile Defense Agency.

The DEWSS portfolio includes:

  • 10 major systems and 50 projects.
  • 18 enterprise SATCOM Gateway locations supporting Army, strategic, joint and international partners.
  • Five wideband SATCOM operations centers and six remote monitoring and control elements worldwide.
  • The Senior National Leadership Communications program (also known as the U.S.-Moscow Hotline), providing reliable, secure communications between the president of the United States and the president of the Russian Federation during times of crisis to reduce the risk of war.


DEWSS provides these critical satellite and terrestrial communication systems for the warfighter:

  • Enterprise earth terminals.
  • Satellite control terminals.
  • Restoral terminals.
  • Subsystems and modems.
  • Baseband systems.
  • Payload planning and configuration.
  • Wideband SATCOM operations centers.
  • Regional satellite support centers.
  • Global satellite support centers


DEWSS requirements are defined by the Enterprise Wideband SATCOM Terminal System Capability Production Document approved in August 2006 and the Wideband SATCOM Operational Management System Capability Production Document approved in August 2008.

They are made up of three subproducts:

  • The Wideband Control System fields software and hardware upgrades for more than 21 subsystems supporting payload planning and control of nine deployed WGS Satellites, five wideband SATCOM operations centers and six remote monitoring and control elements worldwide. Systems are noncommercial items that utilize commercial and government off-the-shelf equipment to sustain and upgrade the Wideband Satellite Operations Management Systems in support of WGS and DSCS.
  • Satellite Terminal Systems sustains more than 100 enterprise-size satellite terminals in the field, and is fielding more than 80 new terminals through the Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) program. Terminals are available in several variants, including a 40-foot terminal, a 23.6-foot transportable terminal and a fixed 15.7-foot antenna. The terminals can be standard or hardened against electromagnetic pulse.
  • Baseband Systems upgrades and installs modems, multiplexers, patch, test and encryption equipment and rack fabrication for more than 145 rack types and 250 baseband equipment types. This equipment provides interoperability between tactical and strategic communications architectures via the Standardized Tactical Entry Point and teleport systems. These subsystems are collocated at the enterprise SATCOM Gateway locations, supporting three continents, seven islands and 14 countries.

Program Status

  • Completed 24 earth terminal installations for Army, Air Force, Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Defense Information Systems Agency requirements under the MET program.
  • Performed software and hardware updates to multiple subsystems of the Wideband SATCOM Operations Management System to support the new WGS Wideband Digital Channelizer. This upgrade increases the bandwidth available to deployed forces and improves the Army’s readiness for the full range of threats.
  • Completed modernization of five wideband STATCOM operations centers.
  • Initiated the Combat Service Support Very Small Aperture Terminal Phase of the Army’s transport convergence efforts.
  • Completed the upgrade of the remote monitoring and control element at six worldwide locations.


  • Complete nine MET fieldings.
  • Complete the Senior National Leadership Communications – Modernization and Network Upgrade.
  • Continue modernization of wideband payload control systems and architecture.
  • Equip and relocate enterprise SATCOM facilities in support of the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command’s military construction projects.
  • Continue the enterprisewide baseband hardware refresh and modernization upgrades of digital baseband and equipment systems.


  • MET Hardware Order for Australia Department of Defence


  • AASKI Technology, Inc. (Ocean, NJ)
  • Boeing Co. (Arlington, Virginia)
  • Harris Corp. (Melbourne, FL)
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Laurel, MD)
  • Northrop Grumman Corp. (Orlando, Florida)