Accession Number : ADA453978


Title :   Wireless Sensor Network Applications for the Combat Air Forces


Descriptive Note : Graduate research project


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT


Personal Author(s) : Melloy, John R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a453978.pdf


Report Date : 13 Jun 2006


Pagination or Media Count : 94


Abstract : The main objective of this research is to examine the capabilities and limitations of wireless sensor networks with a focus on applications in an operational Air Force setting. The topography of such networks can be varied to suit applications across the spectrum of military operations. Sensor networks have certain inherent advantages, such as scalability, inconspicuousness, self-healing capability, and deployability. Possible uses include perimeter monitoring, mine field detection, aircraft health, search and rescue, target location, and others. Despite such potential capabilities, much study is needed to ensure their feasibility and utility. There are issues relating to network structure, data flow, power supplies, and methods of deployment. This paper covers some likely USAF applications and the unique problems which must be overcome. Implemented smartly, these devices can provide a new source of information in the ever-changing realm of information warfare, and can significantly improve the real-time battlespace picture.


Descriptors :   *NETWORKS , *MULTISENSORS , *INFORMATION WARFARE , *WIRELESS LINKS , DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING , MINE DETECTION , TARGET DETECTION , SEARCH AND RESCUE , AIR FORCE OPERATIONS , COMBAT FORCES , TOPOGRAPHY , MONITORING


Subject Categories : Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
      Radio Communications
      Military Aircraft Operations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE