Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

IV.G.05. Networking and Protocols. Program will integrate and evaluate emerging commercial high speed network technology and protocols (e.g., Sonet, ATM) for performance and for achieving seamless communications with tactical and commercial systems. Commercial network management products will be analyzed and enhanced to ensure compatibility with military-specific requirements and Army legacy communications systems. Will participate in various commercial/academic forums to influence emerging protocols/products for dual use capabilities. Tactical multinet gateways will be evolved by modification and enhancement of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) router products to allow ATM and non-ATM based networks to communicate. Hierarchical video routing to allow the network to automatically route a limited picture of the battlefield (i.e., still frame, slow scan) to users with limited bandwidth while at the same time allowing users with higher available bandwidth to receive a higher class of service (i.e., real-time video). Long term focus will address dynamic and fault tolerant protocol functionality to provide enhanced network survivability and greater capability for communication on the move. Dynamic network reconfiguration without user intervention will be demonstrated. By FY96, establish prototype broadcast ATM capability and monitoring and control functions for mobile networks. By FY97, demonstrate hierarchical video routing between ATM and IP multicast networks and integrate broadcast protocol with the radio access point. By FY98, demonstrate protocol enhancements for large networks, across services, and across media. For FY00, demonstrate dynamic network survivability through protocol adaptation to external environment (e.g., weather, threat, network congestion) and evolve protocols to accommodate next-generation communications architecture.

Supports: Winning the Information War, Digitizing the Battlefield, Battlespace Command and Control, Digital Battlefield Communications, JTF Communications Planning and Management System (JCPMS), ISYSCON.

John Strange Carolyn Nash Tom Mims
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