9 December 2002 Free-space optical communication systems (FOCUS): a U.S. Army overview
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The Army's objective is to design, develop and demonstrate its 'ability to distribute information around the battlefield.' Future Army systems will be based on a survivable, adaptable network capable of integrating commercial services and securely utilizing bandwidth for voice, data, and video applications. However, microwave bandwidth allocation has been a serious problem (given crosstalk, interference and frequency management) for a mobile, adaptive communication network. Because of the inherent advantages of the high data rate, crosstalk independence, jam - resistance, covertness and quick system setup time, the Army is looking into optical wireless communication as a means to address this communications requirement. However, development of a fielded laser communication system requires the development of enabling technologies, the understanding of physical limits and performance, and concept of operations (CONOPS).
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Neil J. Vallestero, Neil J. Vallestero, Mark Khusid, Mark Khusid, Narasimha S. Prasad, Narasimha S. Prasad, John C. Carrano, John C. Carrano, George Duchak, George Duchak, Jennifer C. Ricklin, Jennifer C. Ricklin, Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Mikhail A. Vorontsov, } "Free-space optical communication systems (FOCUS): a U.S. Army overview", Proc. SPIE 4821, Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging II, (9 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.450522; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.450522

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