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High-performance communications systems as an enabler of the objective force
Author(s): John W. Gowens
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Paper Abstract

The Army is in the midst of a transformation to design a force to meet the needs of the 21st Century. The force will have the capability to rapidly deploy in a bridge size unit. The transformation will require significant changes in the force structure that will imply the need for robust secure communications with much increased bandwidth. The Army Research Laboratory has installed an Atmospheric Laser Optics Testbed to meet the challenges of the Objective Force communications needs. The testbed has a 1.7-mile free space path to test and evaluate laser communications systems and imaging systems. The testbed became operational in June 2001. Both traditional radio frequency and optical communications will be required in the future force. The importance technology challenge is to find right proportion and architecture for integration of new optical communications technology within the existing and future radio frequency networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 January 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4489, Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging, (22 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453225
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John W. Gowens, Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4489:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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