Protection of Military Networks Against High Power Microwave Attacks  (SCI-198)

  RTO Task Group
  Awaiting Scientific Report
  RTO-TR-SCI-198 - Protection of Military Networks against High Power Microwave Attacks
 
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  Approved: 2007
Start: 1/1/2008
End: 12/1/2011
  OTHER
  Maintenance of Military Posture; Peace Support Operation;
  Command & Control; Special Operations; Electronic Warfare; Plans & Policy; Joint & Combined Operations; Land Operations; Air Operations; Maritime Operations;
  RF Weapons; Interference; Network Infrastructure; Electronic Attack Detection; Network Centric Warfare; Protection; Vulnerability; EM Terrorism
  SCI
  SET
 
  Czech RepublicDenmarkFranceGermanyLithuaniaNetherlandsNorwaySlovakiaUnited KingdomUnited States
  Denmark
  Topics:
RFW signal identification and characterization, RF detection and direction finding, Hardening techniques, System susceptibility, NCW components and configuration.
Background:
Since 1989, NATO research study groups under the former Defence Research Group (DRG) and the current Research and Technology Organization (RTO) have conducted studies concerning the threat of High Power Microwaves (HPM) to military as well as civilian electronic systems. From initial generic studies, the programs of work have made a natural progression into the most recent program of the RTO SCI-132 Task Group (TG) entitled High Power Microwave Threat to Infrastructure and Military Equipment. The former SCI-019 TG investigated the susceptibility of standard computer equipment such as individual laptops and stationary PCs, while the SCI-132 TG has made extensive tests on a complete military network system at major facilities within the member nations. These tests have produced a large amount of data and experience, including some studies of the effects of protective measures. Based on these results, some military networks and parts thereof are known to be susceptible to attacks by radio frequency weapons (RFW). Such networks are increasingly important in modern combat operations, and the involved electronic systems are crucial to the development and performance of Network Centric Warfare (NCW) systems and concepts. The threat includes improvised devices, commercially available systems, as well as knowledge proliferation.
Objectives:
Study of RFW attack detection techniques, Comparison of hardening techniques, effectiveness and cost benefit, Investigation of effect of RFW on NCW sub-systems, Increase awareness of RFW threat and effectiveness by demonstration

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