Evaluating the Impact of Jamming on Group Communication Protocols in Tactical Environments

Mauro Tortonesi, Maggie Breedy, Lorenzo Campioni, Eelco Cramer, Anders Hansson, Alessandro Morelli, Jan Nilsson, Markus Peuhkuri, Niranjan Suri

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    Robust and reliable group communications protocols represent a key enabler for military operations in Tactical Edge Networks, with applications that typically exchange data in a 1-N or N-M fashion. However, group communications solutions for tactical environment need to be particularly resilient to jamming. Building on top of ongoing research within the NATO IST-161 RTG, this paper examines the performance and scalability of a variety of group communications protocols over the Anglova scenario with 96 nodes and several levels of jamming intensity (from 0 to 30dB). The results presented in this paper clearly indicate that protocols explicitly developed for tactical environments, such as GDEM and DisService, are better able to handle adversarial jamming, while commercial protocols either exhibit very degraded performance in case of jamming (NORM) or deliver inadequate performance even when communications are not disrupted (NATS). These considerations should be factored in military communication system design and deployment decisions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMILCOM 2021 - 2021 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM)
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-3956-5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-3972-5
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
    MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
    EventIEEE Military Communications Conference - San Diego, United States
    Duration: 29 Nov 20212 Dec 2021

    Publication series

    NameIEEE Military Communications Conference proceedings
    ISSN (Electronic)2155-7586


    ConferenceIEEE Military Communications Conference
    Abbreviated titleMILCOM
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Diego
    Internet address


    • Military communication
    • Protocols
    • Scalability
    • Conferences
    • Buildings
    • Bandwidth
    • Reliability


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