Accession Number : ADA197155

Title :   An Assessment of the Options for Expanding U.S. Tactical Communications Capacity.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Zeile, Arthur

Report Date : APR 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : This paper intends to provide a policy framework for addressing the question: 'How could the US best expand its wartime tactical communication capacity in the European theatre?' The recent Army interest in satellite communications, manifesting itself in the form of the Army Space Institute-sponsored lightsat demonstration project, is seen as a result of the low-level of tactical communication support the Army receives from the FLTSATCOM and DSCS satcom systems. The Army Space Institute, in conjunction with the world-wide Commander-in-Chiefs of the unified and specified commands, are currently in the process of developing a requirement for additional tactical UHF communications support. Five alternatives that could potentially fill this requirement are examined in this paper: lightsat, dedicated geosynchronous comsat, satcom link efficiency improvements, airborne relay and MSE program expansion. These alternatives are compared by the dimensions of cost, information transfer performance and survivability. Theses. (fr)

Descriptors :   *SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, *TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, CAPACITY(QUANTITY), COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, COSTS, DEMONSTRATIONS, EUROPE, EXPANSION, INFORMATION TRANSFER, SURVIVABILITY, THESES, ULTRAHIGH FREQUENCY, ARMY OPERATIONS.

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE