Optimizing the Ground Mobile Radio basis of issue plan for the U.S. Army Heavy Brigade Combat team
Prisco, Nicholas E.
Wamsley, Jason B.
Jimenez, David A.
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The Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) is a communications system designed to enhance data throughput and communications within the U.S. Armed Forces. The GMR utilizes the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) and the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) to increase throughput while simultaneously emulating up to four current force radios. This study investigates the appropriate Basis of Issue Plan (BOIP) for fielding the GMR to a Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT). Optimization modeling is used to generate the appropriate BOIP based on an objective function to minimize radio costs, decision variables to assign radio types and quantities to each platform, and constraints in platform requirement and radio capabilities. We create multiple variations of the optimization model to determine the optimal BOIP for different levels of requirements and then make recommendations regarding the best radio mix for an HBCT under each set of requirements. We find that the majority of the four channel simultaneity requirements for the GMR are not required in an HBCT and that only three out of fourteen were used in the optimal solutions. Our analysis also indicates that adding a new simultaneity that had not previously been considered offers a potential cost savings for each HBCT.
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