Defense Science Board Task Force on Military Satellite Communication and Tactical Networking. Executive Summary
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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Our Nations missions around the globe are enabled by robust Military Satellite Communication MILSATCOM and tactical networks. These networks transport command and control C2, sensor, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR information to enable timely and decisive operations. Advances and proliferation in advanced electronic warfare EW, kinetic, space, and cyber capabilities threaten our ability to maintain information superiority. Preserving the reliability of these networks requires not only improved communication techniques for low probability of detection, interception, and denial, but also an enhanced infrastructure for protection. The estimated and projected electronic threats against satellite communication SATCOM have rapidly escalated in the last few years and will continue to increase in the foreseeable future. Under severe stress situations, jamming can render all commercial SATCOM and most defense SATCOM inoperable, except for the low- and medium-rate modes of defense extremely high frequency EHF SATCOM. This reality should be considered a crisis to be dealt with immediately. In addition, network operations in stressed situations can be spotty to non-existent.