An adaptive communication solution applying commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) cellular technology to tactical communication requirements

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Authors
Yang, Keo S.
Subjects
Advisors
Gibson, John H.
Date of Issue
2011-09
Date
Publisher
Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
Language
Abstract
This thesis will research the availability and applicability of using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) cellular software, running on a smartphone hardware platform to address communication requirements as identified in a 1st Marine Division, Universal Needs Statement (UNS). Having only conducted introductory research in to this topic, preliminary results have shown that the majority of the research conducted in the past have centered on either COTS cellular software specific to an application, or on the utility of tactical communication devices as they are currently being employed. The intent of this research is to discover if a bridge is possible and available for cellular COTS software running on a COTS smartphone device to be leveraged, thus satisfying communication requirements of small-unit leaders in a tactical environment. Our hypothesis is that COTS technology can provide a number of viable options to address tactical communication shortfalls based on the fact that the communication shortfalls identified, are capabilities that the commercial industry currently exercise on a daily basis, (e.g., text, chat, voice, position location information, imagery and map viewing, streaming video, web browsing and e-mail). All of these identified communication capabilities are available in military command and control systems however, they reside primarily at the higher headquarter levels, requiring large communication assets to establish those services. Furthermore, due to technology shortfalls and asset limitations, only a few of these capabilities are currently being extended down to the small unit level. Many small-unit leaders are experiencing that these limitations in communication capabilities are needlessly placing risks on their mission and their personnel. With COTS smartphone technology and the advancements made in the commercial cellular industry, this research intends to advance the study towards discovery of a viable COTS solution that can satisfy tactical communication requirements for the small-unit leader.
Type
Thesis
Description
Series/Report No
Department
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
Sponsors
Funder
Format
xviii, 65 p. : ill. ;
Citation
Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
Collections