Defense, Intelligence, & National Security

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U.S. Government: Defense, Intelligence, & National Security Learn More

When it comes to defense, intelligence, and national security, there is no room for error. The United States government continues to count on Iridium® for real-time tactical, mission-critical connectivity beyond the reach of terrestrial networks – anywhere on the planet.

Featured Applications

  • Location Services

    • In-Transit Visibility (ITV) for Personnel, Fleets, and Equipment
    • Mission Command Collaboration
    • Battlefield Mapping Mission Tools 
    • Precise Targeting and Navigation
    • GEOINT
    • Tactical PLI
    • Satellite Time & Location (A-PNT)
  • Voice & Video Communications

    • NSA Type 1 Encrypted / Secure Voice
    • Radio Range Extensions (RRE) Voice
    • Secure Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS) or Netted communications
    • Video Upload and Transfer
    • Video Conferencing
    • Senior Leader Communications
  • Data Connectivity

    • “Push and Pull” Mission packages
    • Tactical Applications (WINTAK/ATAK)
    • Sensor Imaging and Reporting
    • Remote Data Transfer
    • Unmanned Aviation Vehicles (UAV) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) Command and Control (C2)
  • Mission Critical

    • Real-time Situational Awareness
    • Comms-on-the-Move
    • Regional Theater Global C2
    • Remote Surveillance, Detection, and Alerting
    • Blue Force Tracking

Iridium Advantage

No other company connects, mobilizes, and monitors personnel, data, and assets like Iridium. Iridium provides the U.S. government’s intelligence and military communities with truly global, secure connectivity through a dedicated gateway and communications infrastructure. Iridium equips you with the real-time situational awareness necessary to respond rapidly to any situation.

EMSS Unlimited Airtime

Iridium holds a multi-year, fixed-price contract with the United States Department of Defense (DoD), through the United States Space Force, unlocking Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) capabilities with unlimited usage of Iridium narrowband devices for an unlimited number of subscribers through a dedicated, secure gateway. Over the past 20 years, Iridium and the DoD have jointly developed an operational environment that provides critical network transparency and collaboration to enable successful execution of the U.S. government’s missions.

Secure Connections

Iridium uses FIPS-140-2, ASC22FO encryption, ensuring voice and data transmitted by U.S. government customers remains uncompromised, giving you secure control of your team and operations.


Iridium is the only satellite network to offer reliable global connectivity anywhere in the world, allowing vehicles, vessels, and aircraft to operate outside the reach of terrestrial or radio coverage. Operating in Low-Earth Orbit, the Iridium network does not rely on local infrastructure, leaving it unaffected by safety and security threats on the ground, and the network’s L-band frequency makes it resilient to adverse weather conditions.


When mission-critical connections are the norm, service interruption is not an option. Each satellite in the Iridium network is linked to up to four other satellites in orbit, with automatic re-routing in the case of any disruptions. This unique cross-linked architecture provides additional layers of network redundancy and resiliency, enabling optimal performance and uninterrupted service for users.


Iridium and our government development partners provide a wide range of in-building, vehicular, and on-the-move satellite solutions built to integrate with existing radio or terrestrial platforms, providing a comprehensive communications network for deployed teams.


Iridium satellites are constantly orbiting the planet, meaning at any given time, an Iridium Connected® device may have several points of connection to the network. Iridium Connected broadband equipment relies on solid-state, omnidirectional antennas which automatically connect themselves to the Iridium satellite with the strongest connection, providing clear connectivity, even on the move. Additionally, Iridium Connected equipment is built on Iridium’s small, light-weight, low-power core technology, increasing its portability and mobility, and enabling its deployment on both people and platforms.

Range of Solutions

Iridium offers an expansive portfolio of communications products and services, delivered through partners with years of U.S. government and military experience. From secure voice and data services to tactical group communications and live video conferencing, Iridium and our partners provide solutions with optimal size, weight, and power (SWaP) parameters, tailored to the unique requirements of those in the United States government protecting our national security.

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