A simulation and evaluation of NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4214
Dorko, Michael A.
Schultz, Robert G.
Bailey, Michael P.
Kemple, William G.
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An object-oriented simulation model is developed to evaluate the effectiveness of NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4214, which promulgates the protocol for international telephone call routing and directories for tactical communications. The model simulates communication systems using the STANAG 4214 protocol to isolate discrepancies which could lead to the inability to successfully complete calls within the system. The model also simulates protocol modifications created to correct existing discrepancies and verifies their effectiveness in making the protocol more robust. Results show that these modifications improve STANAG call completion rate from a potential low of under 70 percent to 100 percent, while simultaneously easing the restrictions on lateral communication connections. The model is menu-driven with both graphical and hard copy output, making it useful to network planners, protocol designers, and tactical communications officers.
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