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Tactical Wireless Communications and Networks: Design Concepts and Challenges

Book Description

Providing a complete description of modern tactical military communications and networks technology, this book systematically compares tactical military communications techniques with their commercial equivalents, pointing out similarities and differences. In particular it examines each layer of the protocol stack and shows how specific tactical and security requirements result in changes from the commercial approach. The author systematically leads readers through this complex topic, firstly providing background on the architectural approach upon which the analysis will be based, and then going into detail on tactical wireless communications and networking technologies and techniques.

  • Structured progressively: for readers needing an overall view; for those looking at the communications aspects (lower layers of the protocol stack); and for users interested in the networking aspects (higher layers of the protocol stack)

  • Presents approaches to alleviate the challenges faced by the engineers in the field today

  • Furnished throughout with illustrations and case studies to clarify the notional and architectural approaches

  • Includes a list of problems for each chapter to emphasize the important aspects of the topics covered

  • Covers the current state of tactical networking as well as the future long term evolution of tactical wireless communications and networking in the next 50 years

  • Written at an advanced level with scope as a reference tool for engineers and scientists as well as a graduate text for advanced courses

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Author
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
  7. List of Acronyms
  8. Part One: Theoretical Basis
    1. Chapter 1: Introduction
      1. 1.1 The OSI Model
      2. 1.2 From Network Layer to IP Layer
      3. 1.3 Pitfall of the OSI Model
      4. 1.4 Tactical Networks Layers
      5. 1.5 Historical Perspective
      6. Bibliography
    2. Chapter 2: The Physical Layer
      1. 2.1 Modulation
      2. 2.2 Signal Detection
      3. 2.3 Non-Coherent Demodulation
      4. 2.4 Signal Fading
      5. 2.5 Power Spectrum
      6. 2.6 Spread Spectrum Modulation
      7. 2.7 Concluding Remarks
      8. Bibliography
    3. Chapter 3: The DLL and Information Theory in Tactical Networks
      1. 3.1 Information Theory and Channel Capacity
      2. 3.2 Channel Coding, Error Detection, and Error Correction
      3. 3.3 Concluding Remarks
      4. Appendix 3.A: Using RS Code in Tactical Networks Transport Layer
      5. Bibliography
    4. Chapter 4: MAC and Network Layers in Tactical Networks
      1. 4.1 MAC Layer and Multiple Access Techniques
      2. 4.2 Queuing Theory
      3. 4.3 Concluding Remarks
      4. Bibliography
  9. Part Two: The Evolution of Tactical Radios
    1. Chapter 5: Non-IP Tactical Radios and the Move toward IP
      1. 5.1 Multistep Evolution to the Global Information Grid
      2. 5.2 Link-16 Waveform
      3. 5.3 EPLRS Waveform
      4. 5.4 SINCGARS Waveform
      5. 5.5 Tactical Internet (TI)
      6. 5.6 IP Gateways
      7. 5.7 Concluding Remarks
      8. Bibliography
    2. Chapter 6: IP-Based Tactical Waveforms and the GIG
      1. 6.1 Tactical GIG Notional Architecture
      2. 6.2 Tactical GIG Waveforms
      3. 6.3 The Role of Commercial Satellite in the Tactical GIG
      4. 6.4 Satellite Delay Analysis
      5. 6.5 Networking at the Tactical GIG
      6. 6.6 Historical Perspective
      7. Bibliography
    3. Chapter 7: Cognitive Radios
      1. 7.1 Cognitive Radios and Spectrum Regulations
      2. 7.2 Conceptualizing Cognitive Radios
      3. 7.3 Cognitive Radios in Tactical Environments
      4. 7.4 Software Communications Architecture (SCA)
      5. 7.5 Spectrum Sensing
      6. 7.6 Security in Cognitive Radios
      7. 7.7 Concluding Remarks
      8. Bibliography
  10. Part Three: The Open Architecture Model
    1. Chapter 8: Open Architecture in Tactical Networks
      1. 8.1 Commercial Cellular Wireless Open Architecture Model
      2. 8.2 Tactical Wireless Open Architecture Model
      3. 8.3 Open Architecture Tactical Protocol Stack Model
      4. 8.4 The Tactical Edge
      5. 8.5 Historical Perspective
      6. Bibliography
    2. Chapter 9: Open Architecture Details
      1. 9.1 The Plain Text IP Layer and the Tactical Edge
      2. 9.2 Measurement Based Resource Management
      3. 9.3 ICD I: Plain Text IP Layer to HAIPE
      4. 9.4 ICD V: Plain Text IP Layer Peer-to-Peer
      5. 9.5 ICD X Cross Layer Signaling across the HAIPE
      6. 9.6 Concluding Remarks
      7. 9.7 Historical Perspective
      8. Bibliography
    3. Chapter 10: Bringing Commercial Cellular Capabilities to Tactical Networks
      1. 10.1 Tactical User Expectations
      2. 10.2 3G/4G/LTE Technologies within the War Theater
      3. 10.3 The Tactical Cellular Gateway
      4. 10.4 Deployment Use Cases
      5. 10.5 Concluding Remarks
      6. Bibliography
    4. Chapter 11: Network Management Challenges in Tactical Networks
      1. 11.1 Use of Policy Based Network Management and Gaming Theory in Tactical Networks
      2. 11.2 Challenges Facing Joint Forces Interoperability
      3. 11.3 Joint Network Management Architectural Approach
      4. 11.4 Conflict Resolution for Shared Resources
      5. 11.5 Concluding Remarks
      6. Bibliography
  11. Index