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DARPA Demonstrates DyNAMO Program

Dec. 31, 2020
DARPA’s DyNAMO program is being developed to enable disparate tactical networks to automatically communicate during electronic warfare (EW) operating conditions.

Communications during an electronic attack can be difficult if not impossible especially in the presence of high-power jammers. As part of a solution, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) demonstrated the effectiveness of its Dynamic Network Adaptation for Mission Optimization (DyNAMO) program the receive and transmit data across nominally incompatible radio communications networks. The program is aiming to provide connectivity even between different data types during electronic-warfare (EW) attacks.

The DyNAMO program was instituted to enable automated adaptation of different tactical radio networks whether on the ground, at sea, or in the air. DyNAMO engineers recently simulated the performance of the program in bridging multiple radio networks under contested operating conditions. The program is designed to maintain unbroken RF communications among different networks, even when one or more of the networks is obstructed from normal operation. Experiments using the DyNAMO program are being planned between communications systems and mobile devices (see figure) in use by the U.S. Marines and Navy, evaluating the performance of communications between disparate networks during contested or hostile operating conditions.        

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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