How Starlink Has Become a Military Game Changer

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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed J.L. “Jim” Hancock.

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Price and Hancock discussed Starlink, a massive constellation of internet-beaming satellites by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. This technology has become a game-changer in communication for war-torn Ukraine and other theaters of combat. Here are a few ways how:

  • Battleground Connectivity: Unlike traditional infrastructure vulnerable to attack, Starlink provides high-speed internet access through low-earth orbit satellites. This keeps soldiers connected in areas where cell towers are destroyed or unreliable.
  • Drones & Information Flow: Starlink’s reliable connection is crucial for coordinating drone strikes. Real-time battlefield information can be transmitted, giving Ukrainian forces an edge.
  • Civilian Communication Lifeline: With traditional communication networks disrupted, Starlink keeps civilians connected. This is vital for morale, sharing updates with loved ones, and even providing a platform to counter misinformation.
  • Encrypted & Independent: Starlink’s encrypted channels offer secure communication, a critical advantage for military strategies. Additionally, it reduces dependence on existing infrastructure that can be controlled or disabled by the enemy.

While not without limitations, Starlink’s rapid deployment has revolutionized communication in the Ukraine conflict. It offers a resilient and independent communication network on the battlefield and for civilians, proving its potential to reshape warfare in the future.



J.L. “Jim” Hancock was born in Albuquerque, NM. He has worked as a martial arts instructor, lifeguard, foreign missionary, and river guide. In 2002, he enlisted in the Navy and spent twenty years as a cryptologist.

During his time in the military, Jim toiled away in the dark corners of the government intelligence communities, learned two Asian languages, and eventually conducted over one hundred combat operations with special operations forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. During the last six years of his career, he worked as the senior enlisted advisor over future concepts and innovation for the Navy special operations community where he became a well-known subject matter expert in unmanned systems, 5G, and artificial intelligence.

He is presently writing a series and a standalone novel.

The Voodoo series involves a skilled military technician facing the evolving global threat of an international arms race for artificial intelligence.

His upcoming standalone novel, The Devil and the Pendulum, is a modern riff on The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. But instead of demons learning to tempt man, The Devil and the Pendulum consists of Russian agents learning to manipulate modern America.

J.L. Hancock lives in San Diego, CA, with his wife and two children.

You can find out more about emerging tech trends at his website You can also purchase his recent technothriller, The Hawk Enigma, on Amazon.

Connect with him through social media:

Twitter/X: @authorJLHancock


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