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.