In tactical communications, there are endless choices.
Your coalition defense efforts have a vulnerability. This weakness has nothing to do with your weapons. It has nothing to do with your training though inadequate training makes it worse. Poor coalition communications processes and equipment are quietly holding your effectiveness back. Unless this problem is fixed, you are going to suffer slower response times, political difficulties and more causalities.
The High Cost Of Poor Coalition Communications
Western forces operating in Afghanistan in the 2000s have faced constant problems. Consider communication problems alone. As pointed out in a RAND report, “Lessons Learned from the Afghan Mission Network”:
“Despite its ostensible utility, a common mission network for ISAF forces did not emerge. This was due to three intertwined factors: (1) individual countries’ information, and data-sharing practices remained relatively stovepiped; (2) traditional and long-standing security concerns trumped operational necessity; and (3) the difficulties associated with connecting disparate national and functional systems.”
Military exercises are an excellent means to test tactics and provide training opportunities for troops. You are probably already training your tactics, weapons, and strategy. However, you will miss your goals if there is weak battlefield communication with your allies. Here are five reasons why you should test coalition communications.
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You want to use LTE (Long-Term Evolution) for tactical communication. Before you add that system to your organization, assess whether it is a good fit. Use these steps to organize your decision making and stay prepared for your next tactical scenario.
Originally published by Adam Stone in C4iSR magasine
SECURITY: THE LONG-STANDING ISSUE
In practical terms, the communications breakdown today typically is due to the method of carrying calls. ISDN lines do not have nearly the voice, data and video capabilities of today’s IP-based systems, nor can the two readily interconnect. Yet much of the military remains locked into the older methodology. Even as VoIP continues to rise in prominence, the military still lags behind in the use of it. Even as intelligence has migrated to end terminals in the IP world, the continued use of legacy networks hinders military leaders from taking full advantage of these capabilities.