Accession Number : ADA388156
Title : Medium Brigade 2003: Can Space-Based Communications Ensure Information Dominance?
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis
Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
Personal Author(s) : Viall, Kenneth E
Report Date : 01 Jan 2000
Pagination or Media Count : 118
Abstract : This thesis analyzes space-based communications support for medium brigade combat team forces over the next three years. The army's reaction to changes in the national security environment and increased technology as outlined in Joint Vision 2010 has been to pursue digitization of the force and develop a new, Medium Weight brigade-- rapidly deployable, reliant on high-capacity information architecture, and capable of early entry and stability and support operations. The study examined the role of satellite communications in the objective command and control system that considered the nature of the higher headquarters, adjacent units, and internal brigade requirements. Using the proposed Initial Brigade Combat Team concept, the study reviewed task organization, signal support structure, bandwidth requirements, and the operational employment of satellite communications assets during Operation Restore Hope, Somalia; Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti; and Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Hercegovina. The study concluded that space-based communications will remain pivotal to successful command and control and projected signal organizations and equipment of the medium brigade can provide effective support. However, the army must address shortfalls in national satellite infrastructure, reconcile task organization difficulties, and integrate digitization efforts to effectively manage available communications capacities.
Descriptors : *INFORMATION SYSTEMS , *SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS , *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS , *SPACE BASED , SIGNAL PROCESSING , NATIONAL SECURITY , BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE , THESES , COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , MILITARY APPLICATIONS , ARMY , BANDWIDTH , ANALOG TO DIGITAL CONVERTERS , COMBAT FORCES , INFRASTRUCTURE
Subject Categories : Space Warfare
Command, Control and Communications Systems
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE