PEO Space Systems
The Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems is a Navy Echelon II acquisition organization chartered by the Secretary of the Navy as the sole executive agent for the development, procurement, engineering support and executive oversight of all Defense Department advanced UHF Narrowband Communication (UHF) satellites and associated ground systems.
PEO Space Systems was established May 5, 2004. The headquarters is based in Chantilly, Va., with additional staff located in San Diego. PEO Space Systems is lead by Rear Adm. Christian Becker, who reports directly to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. Rear Adm. Becker is dual-hatted and is also the Navy's Program Executive Officer for C4I (which stands for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence).
The Navy Communications Satellite Program Office, or PMW 146, is based in San Diego and is responsible for managing the acquisition, integration, production, launch, test and providing operational support to DoD, various U.S. agencies, joint and coalition forces for narrowband communications satellites.
This small engineering team of 25 personnel with numerous Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command employees and contractors is smartly leveraging the latest commercial advances in satellite communications to reduce technology and development risk. PMW 146 is collaborating closely with industry to build the Navy satellites as commercial-like as possible while meeting required military quality standards.
PMW 146 reports to PEO Space Systems for the Mobile User Objective System, Ultra-High Frequency Follow-On, Leased Satellite, Skynet and Hosted Payload programs.
The PEO Space Systems mission is to develop, acquire, integrate, produce, launch, test and provide operational support to reliable, affordable, flexible, effective and seamless space systems that support DoD and U.S. agencies to enable joint, coalition, combined and naval operations. PEO Space Systems coordinates all Department of the Navy space research, development and acquisition activities.