An integrated architecture to support the Hastily Formed Network (HFN)
Ng, Min Yew Calivn.
Steckler, Brian D.
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This thesis analyzes the nature of Hastily Formed Networks (HFN) and develops a framework and architecture for effective collaboration needs. The analysis considers review of a spectrum of Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware (including Mobile Command and Control (C2) center and network hardware) and software (i.e., resource optimizing tools) that could support a wider continuum of humanitarian and crisis-relief missions as well as ad-hoc anti-terrorist threats missions. Military and Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) participation is considered. Various phases of disasters or incidents are studied and suitable Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and capabilities are identified to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of collaborative operations.