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Rugged routers enable the network-centric battlefield

September 21, 2015

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The vetronics architectures of today's military armored combat vehicles are becoming data centers, as well as battle centers, as rugged network routers form the backbone of sharing voice, data, imagery, and video on the move. 

Authored by J.R. Wilson of Military & Aerospace Electronics

"If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril." - Sun Tzu 

Ruggedization has always been a key factor in the development, fielding, use, and maintenance of any piece of military gear. As the U.S. has moved toward an increasingly networked battlespace, rugged and advanced routers have become crucial to the success of vetronics and other harsh combat applications. 

Today's high-tech, interconnected military has capabilities rarely even imagined before the turn of the century, yet with that has come a new set of vulnerabilities-natural and manmade. Extremes in temperatures, the presence of contaminants like sand and dust, and corrosive elements like salt water and salt spray pose dire risks to today's ever-shrinking electronics, while the world's capabilities in electronic warfare (EW) and cyber warfare continue to grow every day. 

Maintaining a technological edge will require an always evolving and ever-widening range of advances, not only in weaponry, but also in communications, sensors, data fusion, and transfer. At the top of everyone's list is real-time situational awareness down to the individual warfighter. 

All that can be summed up in a single word: information-yet information is useless without the assured ability to move it rapidly, securely, and in real time across all combat and sustainment elements. 

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