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Pentagon believes private sector has right stuff in space

The Air Force Space Command's push for commercial satellite communication services highlights the Pentagon's emphasis on private sector capabilities in space. "If NASA wanted to put a man or woman on Mars today, the fastest, most effective way to do that, might be to write a one or two-page statement of objectives and let Elon Musk, [Jeff] Bezos, Richard Branson and some others bid on that," said Ken Peterman, president of Viasat Government Systems.

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