will field-test a suite of next-generation wireless tactical network protocols designed to improve communications within and among forward-deployed military units. The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency ( ) selected the company to develop and evaluate new “protocol stacks” — sets of network protocol layers that work together — for military mobile ad-hoc networks, or .
Following the development of new protocol stacks for military mobile-ad-hoc network (), under Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency ( ) program, is proceeding to a field-testing phase. The MANET demonstration will take place in spring 2009 at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. In This demonstration the new protocols will be used to establish flexible, ad-hoc wireless tactical networks in support of special operations applications.
Current networking methods have adapted poorly to rapid in-the field network changes, achieving only a fraction of the potential performance. In a MANET, each network node operates not only as an end-system, but also as a router capable of forwarding traffic and forming a network free of any fixed infrastructure. The MANET’s flexibility makes it an attractive networking option for tactical operations.
teammates on this program are Massachusetts Institute of Technology and CenGen Inc.