Field Evaluation of Radio Communication Network Configurations in Dismounted Infantry Operations

Évaluation sur le Terrain de Configurations de Réseaux de Communications pour des Opérations d'Infanterie Débarquée


  1. Adams, B.D.
  2. Tack, D.W.
  3. Thomson, M.H.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
This study is the third in a series explaining the impact of radio communication on small infantry teams for SIREQ-TD (Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration). A previous laboratory study (Adams, Tack and Sartori, 2005a) explored the impact of providing radios to each member of a dismounted infantry section engaged in simulated tactical assault missions in order to determine how this might influence the type and function of communication. With radios, participants communicated more often, and the type of communication was more different when they had a radio compared to when they did not. Building on this, we considered a more specific question. Within any system of communication, there are a number of possible network configurations that may prove advantageous to dismounted infantry sections. This study compares 4 different radio network configurations in tactical assault missions in the field in order to validate and expand previous laboratory findings (i.e, Adams, Tack and Sartori, 2005a). Thirty-two Canadian Forces (CF) infantry soldiers from the 1st and 3rd Royal Canadian Regiment participated in a 16 day field study conducted at the McKenna MOUT Site in Fort Benning, Georgia from 25 March to 10 April 2002. Each of four sections was required to perform four section urban assault missions for each of the four conditions. The No Radio condition represented the current state of operations in the CF, where communication is transmitted via hand signals and

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;communication;dismounted infantry communications;radio;radio network
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-019 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
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