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NCW101: An Introduction to Network Centric Warfare

Network Centric Warfare Textbook by Dr Carlo Kopp

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National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry

Kopp, Carlo, 1958-
Title: NCW101 [electronic resource]: an introduction to network centric warfare / Carlo Kopp.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780980550603 (pdf)
Includes index. Bibliography.
Subjects: Information technology--Military aspects.
Communications, Military.
Computer networks.
Military art and science.
Information technology--Military aspects.
Dewey Number: 355.07

About the Book:

NCW101: An Introduction to Network Centric Warfare was produced to provide a broad and deep, yet accessible and affordable introductory text covering the fundamental ideas and technologies underpinning military networking. The intent of the text is to provide an objective view of military networking, devoid of the strong views often found in publications by advocates or detractors of NCW. Unlike other recent texts dealing with NCW, this work also covers key supporting technologies, information warfare impacts on networked systems, and many of the human factors problems arising in networked systems.

This book is a compilation of all twenty parts of the NCW101 series, and nine related technical essays, all of which were published in Strike Publications’ Defence Today journal between 2003 and 2008, and one research paper dealing with quantitative capability modeling of networked military systems.

The NCW101 series was produced with the intent of providing an accessible series of technical primers or tutorials for beginners in this area, the scope covering the whole gamut of digital networks, datalinks and communications technologies, the digitised Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance sensors feeding the network, and the full spectrum of Information Warfare applied against the sensor, network and operator.

Most of this material was written at an undergraduate level, with a qualitative rather than quantitative focus to maximize its accessibility and footprint. The book is suitable as an introductory text for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as military staff college courses.

This text includes an extensive bibliography of related reference materials, intended to provide both professional readers and students of military networking with an accessible list of reading material.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • NCW 101 Part 1 Information and Why It Matters
  • NCW 101 Part 2 Digital Datalinks and Networks
  • NCW 101 Part 3 JTIDS/MIDS
  • NCW 101 Part 4 Ad Hoc Networking
  • NCW 101 Part 5 Optical Imaging Sensors
  • NCW 101 Part 6 Thermal Imaging Sensors
  • NCW 101 Part 7 Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • NCW 101 Part 8 Ground and Maritime Moving Target Indicator Radar
  • NCW 101 Part 9 TCP/IP Networking Protocols
  • NCW 101 Part 10 Satellite Communications in NCW
  • NCW 101 Part 11 Pseudolites and Stratospheric Relays
  • NCW 101 Part 12 GPS in Networked Systems Part 1
  • NCW 101 Part 13 GPS in Networked Systems Part 2
  • NCW 101 Part 14 Fundamentals of Information Warfare
  • NCW 101 Part 15 Information Warfare vs ISR Systems
  • NCW 101 Part 16 Information Warfare vs Networks
  • NCW 101 Part 17 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Techniques
  • NCW 101 Part 18 Geolocation of Radio Frequency Emitters
  • NCW 101 Part 19 Information Warfare and Deception
  • NCW 101 Part 20 Why NCW is Not a Panacea
  • Network Centric Warfare
  • The Capability of a Networked System
  • Network Centric Warfare: Buzzwords, Bytes and the Battlespace
  • Network Centric Warfare in the Land Environment
  • Smart Tankers: Hubs in the Networked Force
  • Radio Frequency Spectrum Congestion – Emerging Headache for NCW
  • Knowledge Warfare
  • ISR during Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • GIS/ISR Fusion on the Battlefield
  • Hard Kill Counter-ISR Capabilities Proliferate
  • Bibliography and References

About the Author:

Dr Carlo Kopp has been designing, developing, constructing, testing and researching digital networks since 1985. He developed a number of proprietary network protocols during his industry career, as well as integrated protocols on the SunOS 4.1/BSD operating system, and proprietary embedded platforms, and performed performance modelling and measurement of packet networks. His PhD topic, submitted in 1999, covered the adaptation of X/Ku-band Active Electronically Steered Array (AESA) radar antennas for high data rate networking, microwave tropospheric propagation problems at shallow slant angles, and wide area networking behaviour in airborne networks.

Since 2000 Kopp has been actively researching networking problems at Monash University, and was cofounder of the Ad Hoc Networking Research team at the Monash University Department of Computer Science. This group has performed basic and applied research covering urban/suburban area ad hoc wireless networking, ad hoc networking protocols, network security, microwave propagation in urban and tropospheric environments, support protocols for GPS, and "smart networks" capable of understanding the local propagation environment.

Recent research publications of note include co-authorship of Chapter 5, covering multimode AESA fighter radars, in the Third Edition of Merrill Skolnik's Radar Handbook, which is the global standard radar engineering reference text, and co-authorship of the Internet Draft entitled The Lightweight Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Support Protocol (LGSP).

Dr Kopp has been a defence analyst since 1980, providing him with a unique perspective on military networking.

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Sample RF Networking Related Publications

Tyson M and Kopp C - Proceeding of MilCIS2008 - Canberra 18-20 November 2008 - RF Propagation Environment Awareness for Smart Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
Tyson M and Kopp C - Proceeding of MilCIS2007 - Canberra 18-20 November 2007 -  LGSP: A Lightweight GNSS Support Protocol for Military and Civil Applications [PDF]
Kopp C and Wallace C S,  TROPPO - A Tropospheric Propagation Simulator, School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, 21pp. Technical report 2004/161. 
Australian Aviation  - January 2005 - Understanding Network Centric Warfare
5th Australian IW&Sec Conference - Nov 2004 - Boyd, Metcalfe and Amdahl  -  Modelling Networked Warfighting Systems (PDF Slides)

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Artwork: © 2007, 2008, 2009 Carlo Kopp

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