Tactical Radio Frequency Communication Requirements for IPng (RFC1677)
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
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Network Working Group B. Adamson
Request for Comments: 1677 Naval Research Laboratory
Category: Informational August 1994
Tactical Radio Frequency Communication Requirements for IPng
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This document was submitted to the IETF IPng area in response to RFC
1550. Publication of this document does not imply acceptance by the
IPng area of any ideas expressed within. Comments should be
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The U.S. Navy has several efforts exploring the applicability of
commercial internetworking technology to tactical RF networks. Some
these include the NATO Communication System Network Interoperability
(CSNI) project, the Naval Research Laboratory Data/Voice Integration
Advanced Technology Demonstration (D/V ATD), and the Navy
Communication Support System (CSS) architecture development.
Critical requirements have been identified for security, mobility,
real-time data delivery applications, multicast, and quality-of-
service and policy based routing. Address scaling for Navy
application of internet technology will include potentially very
large numbers of local (intra-platform) distributed information and
weapons systems and a smaller number of nodes requiring global
connectivity. The flexibility of the current Internet Protocol (IP)
for supporting widely different communication media should be
preserved to meet the needs of the highly heterogeneous networks of
the tactical environment. Compact protocol headers are necessary for
efficient data transfer on the relatively-low throughput RF systems.
Mechanisms which can enhance the effectiveness of an internet
datagram protocol to provide resource reservation, priority, and
service quality guarantees are also very important. The broadcast
nature of many RF networks and the need for broad dissemination of
information to warfighting participants makes multicast the general
case for information flow in the tactical environment.
This paper describes requirements for Internet Protocol next
generation (IPng) candidates with respect to their application to
military tactical radio frequency (RF) communication networks. The
foundation for these requirements are experiences in the NATO
Communication System Network Interoperability (CSNI) project, the