Accession Number:

ADA523373

Title:

Formulating a Theoretical Framework for Assessing Network Loads for Effective Deployment in Network-Centric Operations and Warfare

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Apr 2006-Nov 2008

Corporate Author:

VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INST BLACKSBURG

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

Advances in technology lead to a shift towards Network-Centric Operations NCO and Network-Centric Warfare NCW within the military. While much work in NCONCW has focused on developing the components based on information sharing and cross awareness e.g. conceptual models for co-operability and the common operating picture COP, the lynchpin is a robust network infrastructure. However, little is known about the overall effectiveness and performance of NCONCW networks in general. Determining how robust or stable an existing infrastructure network will be and to pinpoint weaknesses or faultiness is an important and critical concern, especially since these networks need to be able to be employed in an adaptive and dynamic environment. Determining if an existing NCONCW network infrastructure is indeed robust and reliable is a major undertaking due to the inherently large-scale and complex nature of interaction. Employing theoretical models which can be used to analyze and predict performance e.g. scalability, reliability, etc is particularly important in order to design a network that is realistically deployable. The goal of this project is the design of a theoretical framework to assess and predict the effectiveness and performance of networks and their loads.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE