Resilient communications for a contested domain
Simultaneous access to multiple networks

Hybrid Adaptive Networks

Resilient networks and situational awareness to securely connect the warfighter

The battlefield of the future requires a resilient communications architecture for Multi-Domain Command and Control (MDC2) and high-velocity, data-rich net-centric operations that enables secure, reliable, ubiquitous connectivity while under attack, while on the move, and while at locations around the globe.

Layered resilience enabling the combat cloud

Hybrid Adaptive Networks (HAN) serve as the foundation for a Combat Cloud that provides the warfighter with the capability and resilience to seamlessly roam among both private sector and purpose-built military communication networks, supply the means to optimize existing assets, adapt to emerging technologies, and outpace adversary threats. The Hybrid Adaptive Network is a flexible Service Delivery Platform that meets the need for a robust, scalable communications network built on open standards, avoid vendor lock, and leverage the exponential technology growth of the private sector to close warfighter gaps. The Hybrid Adaptive Network approach provides the greatest performance and mission assurance using the best available network for increased lethality and survivability in a contested domain.

Communication network agility for multi-domain operations

The component transport networks that make up the Hybrid Adaptive Network may be commercial, government purpose-built, or a combination of both for robust data-sharing/dissemination, shared situational awareness and unity of effort in a contested domain.

Enterprise architecture for information dominance

Hybrid Adaptive Networks provides the DoD with a flexible, scalable communications system that meets user demands for a secure, easy to use network that can connect everything from Enterprise Users to the Tactical Edge across the spectrum of conflict.

Hybrid networking’s foundational elements rely on core technologies like Viasat’s Multi-mode terminals and hybrid network management that have already been fielded in the private sector.

Hybrid Adaptive Networks can be demonstrated and deployed with today’s private sector technology to support warfighter operations. Networks can be incrementally deployed and constantly improved, providing unmatched resilience, security, capacity, and economy, allowing the DoD to bring assured communications to the fight anywhere, any time.

Enabling technologies

Multi-Mode User Terminals:

  • Flexible, interoperable user terminals that can operate over multiple radio frequency bands and support multiple network protocols/waveforms
  • Software defined terminals that can switch between multiple different networks

Hybrid Adaptive Network Management:

  • Monitor individual users’ mission demands and available resources to intelligently assign users to the network that best delivers required effects
  • Warfighter parameters drive the HAN manager to select the “best available network” based on user demands, geography, economics, and ops tempo

Open Standard Network Interface:

  • Specifies the structure of information that can be exchanged between the Hybrid Network Manager and component networks
  • A Translation Agent at the software layer translates the networks’ native control/status facilities into the network interface defined format

Innovation opportunities:

  • Pilot a Hybrid Adaptive Network scalable architecture through limited deployment of an Enterprise Management System, translation agent and Standardized Interface

  • Terminal modification pathfinders as a bridge to multinetwork terminals