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THE LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM : A REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS  

For twenty six years, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) waged a protracted secessionist insurgency against the government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) with the aim of creating an independent homeland for the countrys minority Sri Lankan Tamil ...Read more >

69 Pages
628.41 KB
WEB APPLICATIONS AND THIN CLIENTS IN THE NAVY  

This thesis investigates the advantages and disadvantages of transitioning to Web Applications and Thin Client Server Architecture for U.S. Navy shore based Components. Thin Clients and Web Technology have advanced significantly over the last few years and now more than ever, offer a multitude of cost efficient solutions. In the past, networking technology and bandwidth limitations made traditional Personal Computers or Fat Clients a more viable option for Naval ...Read more >

109 Pages
1.96 MB
INDO US RELATIONS : THE WAY AHEAD  

For over half a century, India and the United States the worlds largest two democracies with almost 20 percent of the global population have had a difficult relationship. According to former US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbot, the Indo US relationship has been a victim of incompatible obsessions: Indias with Pakistan and Americas with the Soviet Union. Both were guilty of being on good terms with the others principal ...Read more >

33 Pages
297.57 KB
ATTACKING THE LION : A STUDY OF COHESION IN NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATIONAL UNITS  

Why is it that some military organizations succeed and others do not What characteristics elude unsuccessful fighting groups that successful ones are able to capture and translate into positive outcomes. The study of organizational theory and design spans the multiple typologies of organizational functions and ...Read more >

155 Pages
2.92 MB
MARINES VS. CONTRACTORS : AN ANALYSIS OF A SUPPLY OUTSOURCING INITIATIVE AND ITS IMPACT ON COST AND EFFICIENCY  

Since 2001, the Marine Corps has outsourced the management of all individual issue combat gear. This contracted outsourcing, called the Consolidated Issue Facility (CIF) and then the Individual Issue Facility (IIF) under the direction of local Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters (MEF HQ) and Marine Corps Logistics Command (LOGCOM), are responsible for the distribution, management and collection of every Marines individual combat issue of gear a task previously accomplished by each units ...Read more >

125 Pages
847.01 KB
NETWORK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR TACTICAL MOBILE AD HOC NETWORK SEGMENTS  

Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) technologies are highly desirable in tactical environments because they are able to communicate with neighboring devices over one or more hops in order to extend connectivity to areas where a fixed infrastructure is not available or is not possible. There are many factors which can influence the performance and reliability of a ...Read more >

101 Pages
1.34 MB
REGULATION SCHEME FOR IMPROVED EFFICIENCY AND INNOVATION IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS  

This paper proposes a new allocation scheme for spectrum regulation that promotes competition in the marketplace in order to make the most effective use of the physical medium and eliminates unnecessary barriers to entry into the market to promote ...Read more >

123 Pages
1.26 MB
FILE TRANSFER WITH ERASURE CODING OVER WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS  

In order to provide a step towards the goal of passing TCP/IP traffic across wireless sensor networks, a method for file transfer utilizing forward error correction (FEC) is studied. Previous work in the area of terminal communication across the sensor network is expanded upon to include file transfer in order to provide a more capable channel and a basis for testing the performance obtained through erasure coding. The results of the FEC implementation are examined using multiple sensor network ...Read more >

103 Pages
365.10 KB
SPACE SUPPORT FOR THE WARFIGHTER : DETERMINING THE BEST WAY TO PROVIDE SPACE CAPABILITIES AT THE ARMY DIVISION AND BRIGADE LEVELS  

This thesis examines personnel resources for space support currently available to Division and Brigade commanders while recommending methods to provide those resources more efficiently. Current standardized space support for Divisions and Brigades exists in the Space Support Element . When first envisioned, the SSE provided organic space capabilities to the lowest practical tactical level, but as requirements evolved, the need for full time space staff at those levels has ...Read more >

99 Pages
1.14 MB
ROLE OF AIRPOWER FOR COUNTERINSURGENCY IN AFGHANISTAN AND FATA  

This thesis examines the role of airpower in Counterinsurgency (COIN) in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The direct use of airpower is kinetic application to physically destroy the insurgents. Indirect use involves support roles such as transportation, logistics, surveillance and reconnaissance. The former requires near perfect intelligence and precision strikes to minimize unintended ...Read more >

131 Pages
669.04 KB
TERRORISM PREVENTION AND FIREFIGHTERS : WHERE ARE THE INFORMATION SHARING BOUNDARIES  

This thesis analyzes a number of information sharing activities relating to terrorism and all-hazard strategies, policies and programs in an attempt to identify whether U.S. fire personnel should participate in terrorism related information sharing and if they should participate where the legal, political and operational boundaries lie. The research identified a number of new strategic applications and tactical ...Read more >

140 Pages
708.36 KB
EDUCATING SPECIAL FORCES JUNIOR LEADERS FOR A COMPLEX SECURITY ENVIRONMENT  

This paper was intended to review the education requirements and opportunities available to all Special Operations Forces (SOF) officers during a normal career path. ...Read more >

52 Pages
2.18 MB
AN ASSESSMENT, SURVEY AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING DESIGN OF INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCOVERY SYSTEMS IN A NETWORK CENTRIC ENVIRONMENT  

This thesis describes fundamental concepts of information sharing and information discovery. Through the use of a systems engineering approach, this thesis created a common vision of an information sharing and discovery (ISD) system, evaluates the role of ISD in network-centric systems (NCS) and discusses the relationship of NCS ...Read more >

129 Pages
6.78 MB
PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN DEFENSE ACQUISITION PROGRAMS DEFENSIBLE  

Public Private Partnerships in defense have gained momentum in various countries around the world over the past decade. This research project explores the experiences and evolutions of PPPs in the United Kingdom the United States , Australia and Singapore. Each of these countries has its own unique fiscal system, operating environment and defense ...Read more >

79 Pages
233.63 KB
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