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Analysis of Satellite Communication as a Method to Meet Information Exchange Requirements for the Enhanced Company Concept

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Master's thesis

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In the Global War on Terrorism and future irregular battlefields, the Marine Corps will not only fight in large-scale conventional war against sizable military forces but it will also engage adversaries that utilize smaller sized units dispersed asymmetrically over vast geographical locations. To address this emerging threat, the Marine Corps is developing the Enhanced Company EC concept, with the aim of providing the company commander with the tools necessary to make isolated decisions in an increasingly complex battlefield. In order to make timely, independent decisions and maintain information superiority these widely dispersed units will require organic access to services normally provided by higher headquarters. The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is working to enhance the decision-making capabilities of the infantry company through the development of the Company Level Intelligence Center CLIC and the Company Level Operations Center CLOC. Current Marine Corps communications capabilities cannot meet the data demands of widely dispersed lower echelon units. The communications equipment organic to these units is mostly Line of Sight LOS technology. These systems limit the geographic dispersion of the units and are limited in data throughput capability. To allow for wider dispersion on the battlefield while providing the connectivity required for isolated decision making, these units require communications assets that are capable of operating Beyond the Line of Sight BLOS such as Satellite Communications SATCOM equipment. This thesis will seek to analyze the use of SATCOM in support of the Enhanced Company Concept in a FOB environment. Using a Limited Objective Experiment, the authors will test if SATCOM technology is sufficient to support Information Exchange Requirements IERs developed in the laboratory and validated with experience.

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  • Information Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Radio Communications

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