Connectivity Technologies for Tactical Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-05-C-0143
Agency Tracking Number: F051-108-1705
Amount: $99,752.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-108
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Joao D. Cabrera
 Group Leader - Info & Comm Systems
 (781) 933-5355
Business Contact
 Raman Mehra
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Research Institution
Tactical Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) operate in hostile environments, and consist of a highly connected heterogeneous mixture of nodes. Current routing protocols for MANETs disregard node heterogeneity and high connectivity, leading to poor bandwidth utilization. Environmental hostility is also disregarded, making the network susceptible to packet interception and eavesdropping. The proposed effort (Phases I and II) will develop and prototype a suite of novel routing protocols which will dramatically increase the digital bandwidth of tactical MANETs, while making them robust against packet interception and eavesdropping. The suite will be based on HSLS (Hazy Sighted Link State) routing, which is the first ad hoc routing protocol that scales with network size. HSLS routing will be enhanced in two ways: (1) To benefit from node heterogeneity and to account for a hostile environment, we define an Entity Capability Profile (ECP) for nodes, describing several characteristics of the nodes, including its degree of attack susceptibility; (2) Taking advantage of high-connectivity, we propose a novel multiple path routing technique we call multi-ply routing, centered on multiple, nested parallel paths. The resulting ECP sensitive multi-ply HSLS suite of routing protocols -- ECP-mp-HSLS routing -- will dramatically increase network capacity, while protecting the network against eavesdropping and packet interception. BBN Technologies will serve as a subcontractor, providing unique expertise on MANET routing and support for prototyping in Phase II.

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