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Author Patterson, Travis, author

Title Bridging the gap : how an airborne mobile-mesh network can overcome space vulnerabilities in tomorrow's fight / Travis Patterson, Major, USAF
Published Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama : Air University Press, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, 2019


Description 1 online resource (vi, 40) : color illustrations
Series Wright flyer paper ; no. 71
Wright flyer paper ; no. 71.
Contents Introduction -- Scope of the problem -- Understanding mesh networks -- Function and viability of an airborne mesh network -- Advantages of high-altitude platforms -- basic equipment and necessary technologies -- Mission assurance and cyber protection -- The art of the possible: today and tomorrow -- Recommendations -- Conclusion
Summary "The US Air Force's heavy reliance on space capabilities makes it vulnerable to potentially crippling asymmetric multi-domain attacks in the near future. While Air Force leaders have identified the importance of maintaining dominance in the space domain, their goal of attaining resilient and survivable systems in the future is not immediately attainable. Peer competitors and potential adversaries already possess several operational and developmental capabilities, which place critical US space assets on the losing side of a cost-exchange battle. An option to mitigate many of these risks exists in an airborne mobile-mesh network hosted initially by the Air Force's high-altitude ISR platforms. Both the U-2S Dragon Lady and RQ-4B Global Hawk provide an excellent foundation upon which the Air Force can field and operationalize an airborne mobile-mesh network in the battlespace to augment critical space capabilities. Compared to the extreme cost of vulnerable satellites, such a network could be cost-efficient and provide improved resilient capabilities to the Joint Force without requiring drastic changes in operational tactics, techniques, and procedures. This research proposes that the US Air Force rapidly field a mobile-mesh network using existing technology and platforms, and then continue to build the network and processing capabilities over the next decade. The Air Force's vulnerabilities in space have the potential to impact combat operations in every domain across the globe. It is time to capitalize upon research and investments already made and make the first step toward a truly connected and networked force."--Abstract
Notes "Air Command and Staff College."
"Accepted by Air University Press May 2018 and published November 2019"--Page ii
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 36-39)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on December 17, 2019)
Subject Communications, Military.
Mobile communication systems -- United States
Space control (Military science) -- United States
Artificial satellites in telecommunication -- United States
Computer networks -- Security measures -- United States
Computer networks -- Security measures.
Artificial satellites in telecommunication.
Communications, Military.
Mobile communication systems.
Space control (Military science)
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, issuing body.
Air University (U.S.). Air Command and Staff College, issuing body.
Air University (U.S.). Press, publisher.
Other Titles How an airborne mobile-mesh network can overcome space vulnerabilities in tomorrow's fight