Evaluation of digital communications using the Marine Corps Communications Architecture Analysis Model
Monaghan, Joseph Francis
Kemple, William G.
Bailey, Michael P.
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The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is currently evolving to digital communications. This change has created a need for an analysis tool capable of analyzing digital architectures. Traditional communications are being supplemented, and in some cases, replaced by automated systems like the Marine Tactical Command and Control System (MTACCS) Older equipment, the PRC-77 and AN/VRC-12 family of radios, is being replaced by lighter, more efficient equipment like SINCGARS and the Digital Communications Terminal (DCT). Protocols like the Marine Tactical System (MTS) Broadcast Protocol are being implemented to orchestrate this new way of communicating. To assist in the transition, this thesis modified the Marine Corps Communications Architecture Analysis Model (MCCAAM) so it could measure the impact of changing from voice to digital communications. The Fidelity Enhancement Process (FEP) , a comprehensive methodology for model upgrades, was used to systematically modify the model. The model's usefulness is demonstrated in an analysis example by comparing three separate partially digital communications architectures.
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