Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tactical Communications Demand Adaptive Software

In a recent newsletter, The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) published an article about research they are doing with the military, tactical communications, and agile computing . I'd like to share the newsletter and a few thoughts.

First off you can get the entire newsletter here. The article itself starts on page 3. It's interesting to read how the problems associated with tactical communications in the field are attempting to be addressed via innovative ideas. The challenges noted in the article are ones I've thought about for years. Some of them apply to some of the applications I have built dealing with collecting machine generated data, processing it, etc.

Here are a few thoughts of mine.

  • Agile computing is not the use of the Agile Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) to build software, although software is part of the solution. It is about the adaptive use of an environment to find resources, infrastructure, communications channels, etc.,  which can support tactical communications for troops, aircraft, and others in the field.
  • As we embark on the Cyber age, I believe Dr. Suri's assessment that traditional protocols need to change in order to support the unstable nature of military communications in the field is spot on.
  • I like the suggestion of using city buses like UAVs to record, among other things, video to help augment street cameras.
  • Store-and-forward is an old concept, but it has application in the realm of agile computing and tactical communications.

It is great to see the research IHMC is doing is going to benefit the Navy, Army and Air Force (it is also funded by all three).

Your turn. What do you think?


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