Accession Number : ADA268055


Title :   Environmental Assessment for Central Tennessee Relay Node Site No. RN 8E911TN


Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Corporate Author : ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS CENTER HANSCOM AFB MA


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a268055.pdf


Report Date : 19 Feb 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 83


Abstract : The Ground Wave Emergency Network (GWEN) is a radio communication system designed to relay emergency messages between strategic military areas in the continental United States. The system is immune to the effects of high- altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) energy surges caused by nuclear bursts in the ionosphere that would disrupt conventional communications equipment such as telephones and shortwave radios. A failure of such equipment would prevent timely communications among top military and civilian leaders and strategic Air Force locations and prevent U.S. assessment and retaliation during an attack. GWEN is an essential part of a defense modernization program to upgrade and improve our nation's communications system, thereby strengthening deterrence.


Descriptors :   *EMERGENCIES , *COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS , *GROUND WAVES(ELECTROMAGNETIC) , *RADIO RELAY SYSTEMS , *STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS , *MESSAGE PROCESSING , IONOSPHERE , AIR FORCE , ENERGY , RUPTURE , COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS , ALTITUDE , DETERRENCE , ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES , SURGES , TENNESSEE , RADIO EQUIPMENT , HIGH ALTITUDE , PULSES , FAILURE , ATTACK , UNITED STATES


Subject Categories : Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
      Radio Communications


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE