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Tactical Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN) Concept for Unmanned Logistics Surface Vehicle (ULSV) Employment in Communication-Challenged Environments

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Authors
MacKinnon, Douglas
Kline, Jeffrey
Appleget, Jeffrey
Crapino, Edward
Subjects
unmanned surface vehicle
unmanned logistics surface vehicle
USV
ULSV
tactical mesh networks
wireless mesh networks
WMN
directional antenna
ultrawideband sensor network
UWB
data flow
logistics
cyber security
communication architecture
MUNIN
tactical airborne network
wargame
LITMUS
Unity
Combat Logistics Force
CLF
Philippine Sea
communication-challenged environments
Advisors
Date of Issue
2019-08
Date
Period of Performance: 02/12/2018-07/23/2019
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
Project Summary: Logistics support plays an essential role in the United States Navy’s success at sea as fuel, food, and equipment are delivered to underway ships on a daily basis via the Combat Logistics Force (CLF). However, with the advent of unmanned vehicle technologies, unmanned logistic surface vehicles (ULSVs) have the potential to provide a less costly and more efficient alternative to conventional CLF ships. Additionally, ULSVs have the potential to enhance freedom of maneuver and lethality in contested environments as they require little to no human intervention during transit. The ability to maintain communications is critical to ULSV operations, especially in a communication-challenged environment such as the Philippine Sea. Through review of literature and experimentation via wargaming, this thesis proposes an additional or alternative communication architecture onboard ULSVs by exploring the impact of tactical wireless mesh networks (WMN) in communication-challenged environments.
Type
Report
Description
NPS NRP Executive Summary
Department
Information Sciences (IS)
Other Units
Naval Research Program
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
NPS-19-N118-A
Sponsors
Naval Research Program
Topic Sponsor: N41L
Research POC Name: Eric Bach, CAPT, USN
Funder
NPS-19-N118-A
Format
5 p.
Citation
Distribution Statement
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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