The Air Force launch rivals talk cost and capabilities during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on assured access to space.
The document, updated from 2007, stresses the importance of cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum in national security.
The agency's program is looking to develop links about 500 times faster than the military's current wireless connections.
Weeks after confirming the explosion, the Air Force monitors the resulting space junk in polar orbit.
The Training and Doctrine Command tested prototypes of solutions that provide combined surveillance, lethal and targeting assistance to soldiers.
Lab awards additional funding for research into wide field-of-view image seekers for increased targeting ability in cluttered environments.
Tool suite allow units to make changes on the go, rather than waiting for a 'set in stone' disc.
The companies will compete for work on Strike Planning and Execution Systems, which supports a number of air, sea and ground missions.