Leveraging manet and mobile devices in ship-to-objective maneuver and expeditionary MAGTF operations
Waddell, Joshua C.
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This thesis examines the challenges, specifically in regard to tactical C2 in austere conditions, to the Enhanced MAGTF Operations (EMO) concepts being developed by theMarine Corps. EMO hinges on the ability of company landing teams (CLTs) to deploy from a seabase, conduct over-the-horizon insertion, and retain the data-driven C2 inherent in modern military operations, specifically with regard to warfighting functions of intelligence and supporting fires. This thesis leverages the capabilities of smartphones, mobile ad hoc networks (MANET), and long-haul data trunks to offer a conceptual solution set to these C2 challenges. Research was conducted in partnership with the Infantry Officer Course andMarine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. Two long range, MV-22 Osprey supported exercise raids were observed in the field. Additionally, the full systems test for the 2014 Rim of the Pacific exercise was observed and evaluated. Using analysis of the different approaches currently being pursued with respect to EMO, this thesis compares their benefits and limitations and offers an alternate strategy to solving the issue of distributed C2 in EMO mission sets. Finally, this thesis intends to inform the acquisitions process by proving feasibility assessment and offering a GOTS- and COTS-supported solution with mature technological foundations.
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