Configuration management of software-defined radio systems
Detwiler, Bradley J.
Owen, Walter E.
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In the past, radios of any type were uniform across the entire United States Marine Corps (USMC) arsenal and were completely interchangeable. Now that they are software defined, each radio can be unique. The configuration management challenge presented by this diversity in the radio inventory motivates the following research questions: 1.How can the USMC maintain the flexibility required to tailor equipment for unique missionswithout introducing interoperability issues? 2.How can the USMC achieve configuration management of software-defined radios to ensurereliable battlefield communications? This thesis reveals an unintended consequence resulting from the development of software-defined radios and explores possible solution concepts. Three solution concepts were developed and analyzed to determine not only how well they answer these two key questions, but also how they might affect existing doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, facilities, and policy (DOTMLPF-P) of the Marine Corps. Although no single solution concept was selected over the others, this thesis explores the trade space among all three and points out strengths and weaknesses of each, and then goes on to recommend more future work that could be performed to take the exploration to the next level.
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