On 12 July 2005, Spacewar.com reported:

Boeing has announced that the Transformational SATCOM Space Segment (TSAT SS) program successfully completed its Interim Space Segment Design Review (ISSDR)…

TSAT SS is a key enabler of Network Centric Operations and will provide a survivable, secure and protected high-capacity global internet-like connectivity for the U.S. Department of Defense, civilian and intelligence communities…

A major development effort for the DoD, the TSAT SS first launch is planned for early next decade. Supported by a constellation of satellites in geosynchronous orbit, TSAT SS will provide the backbone of the DoD’s high-bandwidth networked communications.

The operational system will create net-centric functionality enabling defense and intelligence professionals to make rapid decisions based on integrated and comprehensive information.

In addition to supporting Communications On The Move services and protected strategic communications, the TSAT satellites will incorporate laser communications to create a high-bandwidth spacecraft-to-spacecraft links, as well as links to Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms.  (more…)

Source: "TSAT SS completes major design review," Spacewar.com (12 July 2005)