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By Michael Van Rassen, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Rajant
Connectivity on the Move:
Ensuring Reliable Communications
for Mobile Troops
Information superiority and situational awareness are critical to mission success—and that requires a battle-ready wireless
Successful military programs aren’t built on equipment and personnel alone—data has become the new weapon of choice. Achieving informational superiority—
defined by Strategy& as “the ability to meet the information
requirements of supported forces with superior timeliness,
relevance, accuracy, and comprehensiveness that’s achievable by
the adversary”—is paramount to mission success.
Therefore, it’s critical to establish reliable networking
connectivity that informational superiority requires to
facilitate situational awareness, tactical strategies, convoy
communications, and more.
Especially as operations are on the move, there are
technological and situational complexities decision-makers must
filter to make an informed decision across a broad range of
complex and dynamic systems.
In these situations, having complete, accurate, and up-to-the-minute data is essential—yet military and defense personnel
continue to struggle with the complexities of establishing and
maintaining broadband connectivity in remote, mobile, and
often hostile environments.
Challenges of On-the-Move Connectivity
Connectivity gives military personnel the ability to maximize
all battlefield tools, personnel, and equipment to facilitate
military effectiveness, keep troops safe, and retain full
The very nature of troops in motion is what impairs
connectivity. Line-of-sight issues, where different parts of a
network can’t “see” each other and communicate, are par for
the course in a military operation on the move. Satellites are
used for other types of military communications, but create
issues with timeliness of data in mobile situations. Especially in
mobile military operations, timing is everything, and if data is
engagement-critical or safety-critical, even a few milliseconds of
delay can create an issue.
Additionally, any associated network equipment must be
man-portable and wearable. Every inch of space and ounce
of weight counts in the field, and equipment must be light
enough that it doesn’t add a significant weight burden to an
already overloaded soldier.
Figure 1: Reliable connectivity facilitates military effectiveness
and situational awareness.