Tradeoff Analysis for Combat Service Support Wireless Communications Alternatives

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As the Army moves toward more mobile and agile forces and continued sustainment of numerous high-cost legacy logistics management systems, the requirement for wireless connectivity and a wireless network to supporting organizations has become ever more critical. There are currently several Army communications initiatives underway to resolve this wireless connectivity issue. However, to fully appreciate and understand the value of these initiatives, a Tradeoff Analysis is needed. The present study seeks to identify and assess solutions. The analysis identified issues that impede Interim Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) communication system integration and outlined core requirements for sharing of logistics data between ... continued below

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Burnette, John R.; Thibodeau, Christopher C. & Greitzer, Frank L. February 28, 2002.

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As the Army moves toward more mobile and agile forces and continued sustainment of numerous high-cost legacy logistics management systems, the requirement for wireless connectivity and a wireless network to supporting organizations has become ever more critical. There are currently several Army communications initiatives underway to resolve this wireless connectivity issue. However, to fully appreciate and understand the value of these initiatives, a Tradeoff Analysis is needed. The present study seeks to identify and assess solutions. The analysis identified issues that impede Interim Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) communication system integration and outlined core requirements for sharing of logistics data between the field and Army battle command systems. Then, the analysis examined wireless communication alternatives as possible solutions for IBCT logistics communications problems. The current baseline system was compared with possible alternatives involving tactical radio systems, wireless/near term digital radio, cellular satellite, and third-generation (3G) wireless technologies. Cellular satellite and 3G wireless technologies offer clear advantages and should be considered for later IBCTs.

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  • Report No.: PNNL-13807
  • Grant Number: AC05-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/943415 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 943415
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc893724

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Burnette, John R.; Thibodeau, Christopher C. & Greitzer, Frank L. Tradeoff Analysis for Combat Service Support Wireless Communications Alternatives, report, February 28, 2002; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc893724/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.