Prometheus Unchained: The RMA and Its Affect on Future Tactical Communications Site Selection
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph addresses the feasibility of continuing to rely on the high ground for tactical communications site employment in the future. Current communications site selection is based on well founded communications principles, technological constraints, and warfighting methodologies. However, the US military is in the throes of debate over the fundamental characteristics of future warfare. At the center of this discussion is the concept of the Revolution in Military Affairs RMA. The RMA stands to significantly alter warfighting methodology. The dominant driver for this phenomenon is technology. This is a two fold challenge to tactical communications providers of the future. Tactical communicators must be capable of both leveraging technology to support the warfighters methods and employing these technologies to survive the rigors of the future battlefield. Accordingly, this monograph examines the affect the RMA may have on future tactical communications site selection. This analysis examines the historical development of military communications and the ramifications of the RMA on tactical communications site selection. After establishing and validating communications principles, the ability to provide the critical communications principle of continuity is examined for both historical RMAs and the future as projected by the current RMA. The four imperatives of continuity are connectivity, survivability, reliability, and redundancy. The analysis suggests that establishing tactical communications sites on high ground has historically enhanced, and will continue to enhance connectivity, reliability, and redundancy. However, whereas in the past, communications survivability on the high ground was relatively assured, analysis suggests a decrease in survivability on the future battlefield.
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