In this paper we focus on meeting requirements of the rapid decision cycle of tactical command and control. We explore the security requirements of secure enclaves, and how Named Data Networking (NDN) can satisfy those needs. We show how the use of NDN to provide authenticated command and control can prevent spoofing of commands and forged telemetry. We utilize NDN to provide confidentiality of data within the secure network, while providing non overlapping secure enclaves in different tactical environments. We show NDN’s caching and store and forward capabilities to improve data delivery in the presence of loss on a tactical on the move network. We find NDN has many useful capabilities which lend themselves to command and control communications systems.
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