An Investigation of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Wireless in Support of Complex Humanitarian Disaster Operations in the Argentine Army
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF INFORMATION SCIENCES
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Since the beginning of this century, the Argentine Army has used Commercial Off-The-Shelf COTS wireless products, equipment, and communication systems to support Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief HADR operations. The participation of Military, Governmental, and Non-Governmental Organizations in these activities requires more wireless coverage area. These communication systems are an integration of several subsystems that provide an initial Hastily Formed Network HFN, but they do not provide enough coverage area to support Command and Control centers from different organizations. This thesis explores different solutions to address the lack of coverage area of the current wireless systems. It analyzes new COTS technologies that could be applied to the Argentine Military HFN Centers to satisfy the emerging requirements of HADR operations. This research is focused on Wireless Subsystems, and it gathers data from actual HADR experiments and exercises organized by NPS. The experiments provide analytic data from the latest generation equipment that is being tested at the NPS HFN center. The thesis determines the benefits that these different wireless subsystems would provide for HADR operations in an Argentine environment based on the information gathered during field exercises and experiments.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Radio Communications