Culver City, CA — SCALABLE Network Technologies, Inc. (SCALABLE), a leader in wireless network design and optimization products, announced today it is sponsoring a free webinar with SIGNAL Magazine on January 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST. Join us to view “Will the Network Support the Mission” and learn more about how Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) network models can be integrated with live hardware and software to provide at scale network representations for analysis, development, test and exercise contexts of battlefield communication networks.
As network-centric warfare becomes a cornerstone of US military operations, the Army Network needs to be predictable under diverse operating conditions and resilient to cyber threats. Recent advances in Live, Virtual and Constructive network models have facilitated the large scale testing of emerging tactical communication systems with their heavy reliance on wireless communications technologies while dealing with the constraints of limited availability of physical radio units.
The webinar will feature John W. Diem, Director, Test Technology Directorate, US Army Operational Test Command. He will discuss the challenges of developing, testing and deploying tactical communications networks, and present case studies of how LVC network models can be used in operational test, analysis, experimentation and cyber threat assessment to comprehensively and accurately evaluate the impact of different network operating conditions on warfighter needs and mission completion.
Currently, Director, Test Technology Directorate, US Army Operational Test Command, Mr. Diem has been a user, developer and integrator of simulations in support of battle command and intelligence systems testing and training for over 25 years. He is a former Military Intelligence Officer, a founding member of the Army’s Simulation – C4I Integration (SIMCI) process team, and a developer of the Army’s Digital Training Strategy. He holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
Testing the scalability of tactical communication battlefield networks is particularly important and challenging.Mission commanders need to have confidence in the ability of their tactical communications systems to satisfy the mission needs under realistic operating conditions. Program Managers and Test Officers, in turn, need to have confidence that the tactical communications systems that they are responsible for developing and testing will be able to scale appropriately, whether it be in terms of number of users, volume of traffic, or density of deployment. In mobile wireless networks, protocol and network performance can change abruptly in response to small changes in the number and size of clusters or subnet, while radio configurations for a given network deployment may degrade application performance as the network size changes.
Exercises using live assets are costly, resource-intensive and provide limited opportunities to investigate alternatives scenarios; they also are of limited value in early stages of system design. Pure constructive models often lack the realism or fidelity of live exercises, and the capability to incorporate mission-critical applications directly into the models.