Group Centric Networking: Addressing Information Sharing Requirements at the Tactical Edge
MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lexington United States
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In recent years, theres been a large push in the U.S. Department of Defense to move to an all Internet Protocol IPinfrastructure, particularly on the tactical edge. IP and associated protocols were designed primarily for wired networks tied to fixed infrastructure. Although extensions to support mobile ad hoc networking MANET have received decades of research, in practice, there are few successful implementations. Challenges include handling mobility, managing lossy links, and scaling to large numbers of users. Unfortunately, these are the exact conditions military tactical edge networks must operate within high mobility, high loss, and large numbers of users.
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