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Military Communications and Networks

Series Topic


The design and fielding of military communications systems capable of enabling network centric operations remains one of the greatest challenges facing military institutions today. Military operations can encompass enterprise and tactical networks. The challenges are particularly acute in the area of tactical wireless communications, which are typically characterized by user mobility and unpredictable transmission channels – so-called Disconnected, Intermittent and Limited (DIL) networks. Together with demanding security requirements and the need for interoperability among disparate systems, including legacy systems and those of allies, these characteristics make it difficult to leverage commercial wireless technologies to meet the needs and expectations of military applications. Several new wireless system and network design paradigms are emerging today including software-defined radio and networks, and named data networking; along with progress in network security, routing, dynamic resource allocation, and media access control. These developments are playing important role to improve the feasibility of truly network centric operations for military applications.

This series brings together the most recent advances in military communications and networks. Papers focusing on research, development, experimentation, and deployment are solicited. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Network Science for military communications
  • Cognitive radio and cognitive networking for national and coalition forces
  • Military applications of software defined radio/networks, named data networking, cross-layer design, and peer-to-peer networking
  • Tactical network characterization, modeling and emulation
  • Management and control in tactical networks
  • Protocol efficiency in DIL networks
  • Signaling and Quality of Service provisioning in DIL networks
  • Network security and information assurance in DIL networks
  • Dynamic spectrum allocation and management in military networks
  • Service-Oriented Architecture for national and coalition military systems
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence for military communications and networks


Kevin Chan
United States Army Research Laboratory

Frank Trethan Johnsen
Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI)