25 April 2017 Communication networks for the tactical edge
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Information at the tactical level is increasingly critical in today’s conflicts. The proliferation of commercial tablets and smart phones has created the ability for extensive information sharing at the tactical edge, beyond the traditional tactical voice communications and location information. This is particularly the case in Gray Zone conflicts, in which tactical decision making and actions are intertwined with information sharing and exploitation. Networking of tactical devices is the key to this information sharing. In this work, we detail and analyze two network models at different parts of the Gray Zone spectrum, and explore a number of networking options including Named Data Networking. We also compare networking approaches in a variety of realistic operating environments. Our results show that Named Data Networking is a good match for the disrupted networking environments found in many tactical situations
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Joseph B. Evans, Joseph B. Evans, Steven G. Pennington, Steven G. Pennington, Benjamin J. Ewy, Benjamin J. Ewy, } "Communication networks for the tactical edge", Proc. SPIE 10205, Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2017, 1020509 (25 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2265906; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2265906

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