James A. Hoffmeyer

Abstract: This report discusses the different types of interoperability requirements, summarizes several related research and development projects, and presents alternatives for aachieving interoperability between the Defense Communications System and the TRI-Service Tactical Communications System. These alternatives are evaluated, and a preferred alternative is recommended. The report concludes with brief tasking statements which are recommended to the U.S. Army Communications Systems Agency as the next steps in pursuing a research and development program for developing interoperability of the two systems at both the transmission subsystem level and at the end-to-end subscriber level. For transmission subsystem interoperability, emphasis is placed on the Digital European Backbone and Digital Radio and Multiplexer Acquisition portions of the European DCS.

Keywords: digital radio; DCS; DEB; Digital European Backbone; DRAMA; interoperability; multiplexer acquisition; TRI-TAC

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