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Enabling information management systems in tactical network environments
Author(s): Marco Carvalho; Andrzej Uszok; Niranjan Suri; Jeffrey M. Bradshaw; Philip J. Ceccio; James P. Hanna; Asher Sinclair
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Paper Abstract

Net-Centric Information Management (IM) and sharing in tactical environments promises to revolutionize forward command and control capabilities by providing ubiquitous shared situational awareness to the warfighter. This vision can be realized by leveraging the tactical and Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANET) which provide the underlying communications infrastructure, but, significant technical challenges remain. Enabling information management in these highly dynamic environments will require multiple support services and protocols which are affected by, and highly dependent on, the underlying capabilities and dynamics of the tactical network infrastructure. In this paper we investigate, discuss, and evaluate the effects of realistic tactical and mobile communications network environments on mission-critical information management systems. We motivate our discussion by introducing the Advanced Information Management System (AIMS) which is targeted for deployment in tactical sensor systems. We present some operational requirements for AIMS and highlight how critical IM support services such as discovery, transport, federation, and Quality of Service (QoS) management are necessary to meet these requirements. Our goal is to provide a qualitative analysis of the impact of underlying assumptions of availability and performance of some of the critical services supporting tactical information management. We will also propose and describe a number of technologies and capabilities that have been developed to address these challenges, providing alternative approaches for transport, service discovery, and federation services for tactical networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7350, Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2009, 73500N (29 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818850
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Marco Carvalho, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (United States)
Andrzej Uszok, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (United States)
Niranjan Suri, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (United States)
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (United States)
Philip J. Ceccio, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
James P. Hanna, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Asher Sinclair, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7350:
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2009
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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