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AFSATCOM (Air Force Satellite Communications System)

AFSATCOM (Air Force Satellite Communications System) is a satellite-based system that provides high-priority communications for command and control of American global nuclear forces. It became operational on May 19, 1979. AFSATCOM equipment rides piggyback on other military satellites, including, originally, FLTSATCOM satellites and, currently, Milstar satellites.