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Activity title

Communication Networks and Information Dissemination for the Tactical Edge

Activity Reference

IST-185 (COM)

Panel

Information Systems Technology

Security Classification

NATO UNCLASSIFIED

Status

Proposed

Activity type

RSM

Start date

2020

End date

2021

Keywords

Information Dissemination, Information Security, Mobile Network, Network Design, Networking at the Tactical Edge

Background

The ACT-led activity to design and specify Federated Mission Networking (FMN) is now starting to also encompass studies on how to develop and include mobile networks at the lower tactical edge by the Tactical Edge Syndicate (TES). For the early FMN spirals (1, 2 and 3) it has been possible for the FMN syndicates that develops the FMN specifications to point at existing STANAG or standards from other standardization bodies for the specifications. Standards that describe how to efficiently build a federation of mobile networks at the tactical edge, how to do information dissemination in these resource constrained disruptive networks and how the security architecture should look like, do not exist. The FMN syndicate are not tasked to do research and standardization but need other bodies to do the research that can lead to standardization. In the IST Panel there are many ongoing activities that study topics that are very relevant for future FMN spirals. There are inter-dependencies between many of these activities and therefore we are creating an event where participants from the different activities can meet and share information about the topic of the respective activities. The FMN syndicate will need results and standards soon.

Objectives

Contribute to improved understanding of how to do networking at the tactical edge: • Align activities that study network design • Improve the understanding of inter-dependencies between activities that study different layers in a traditional network stack o Transmission technologies o Network control (e.g. routing) o Middle-ware and protocols for data dissemination o Cloud technology, edge computing and orchestration for tactical edge o Security architecture • Provide a better understanding of the technology gaps that must be closed for FMN • Better coordinate testing/verification/validation

Topics

• Transmission technologies for the tactical edge • Network architecture for federated heterogeneous networks • Tactical middle-ware • Protocols for information dissemination • Security architecture for a federated heterogeneous network • Networking autonomous platforms

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