Tactical Wireless Communications and Networks: Design Concepts and Challenges

  • 6h 36m
  • George F. Elmasry
  • John Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • 2012

Providing a complete description of modern tactical military communications and networks technology, this book systematically compares tactical military communications techniques with their commercial equivalents, pointing out similarities and differences. In particular it examines each layer of the protocol stack and shows how specific tactical and security requirements result in changes from the commercial approach. The author systematically leads readers through this complex topic, firstly providing background on the architectural approach upon which the analysis will be based, and then going into detail on tactical wireless communications and networking technologies and techniques.

  • Structured progressively: for readers needing an overall view; for those looking at the communications aspects (lower layers of the protocol stack); and for users interested in the networking aspects (higher layers of the protocol stack)
  • Presents approaches to alleviate the challenges faced by the engineers in the field today
  • Furnished throughout with illustrations and case studies to clarify the notional and architectural approaches
  • Includes a list of problems for each chapter to emphasize the important aspects of the topics covered
  • Covers the current state of tactical networking as well as the future long term evolution of tactical wireless communications and networking in the next 50 years
  • Written at an advanced level with scope as a reference tool for engineers and scientists as well as a graduate text for advanced courses

About the Author

Dr. George F. Elmasry was born in Egypt and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt in 1985. He then continued on to receive a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in 1993 and 1999 respectively. He has 20 years of industrial experience in commercial and defense telecommunications and is currently leading XPRT Solutions—a DSCI Company which specializes in research and development of communications systems with an emphasis on Department of Defense Cyber, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Combat-support (C6) space.

Dr. Elmasry has an interdisciplinary background in electrical and computer engineering and computer science. He has much experience in many areas of these fields, including research, patenting, publication, and grant proposal activities. He has an in-depth knowledge of commercial and tactical telecommunication systems, experience with technical task leads, and team building for middle and upper management. Dr. Elmasry has over 50 publications and patents, which pertain to network management, network operations, quality of service and resource management, network and transport layer coding, joint source and channel coding, source coding, modeling and simulation of large-scale networks, security and information assurance, cross layer signaling, topology management, multidimensional interleaving, and spread spectrum communications.

In addition to his publications and patents, Dr. Elmasry has been a member of the technical committee for the annual Military Communication Conference (Milcom) since 2003, where he has led session organization, paper reviews, and session chairing. Dr. Elmasry is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International, a member of Sigma Xi, and a member of Alpha Epsilon Lambda—NJIT graduate-student honor society. Dr. Elmasry holds countless awards, including the prestigious Hashimoto Award for achievement and academic excellence in electrical and computer engineering.

In this Book

  • Foreword
  • List of Acronyms
  • Introduction
  • The Physical Layer
  • The DLL and Information Theory in Tactical Networks
  • MAC and Network Layers in Tactical Networks
  • Non-IP Tactical Radios and the Move toward IP
  • IP-Based Tactical Waveforms and the GIG
  • Cognitive Radios
  • Open Architecture in Tactical Networks
  • Open Architecture Details
  • Bringing Commercial Cellular Capabilities to Tactical Networks
  • Network Management Challenges in Tactical Networks


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