1997) Mobil Subscriber Equipment (MSE)
is used by the Army for battlefield voice and data communications. The System Control Center (SCC) provides
battlefield personnel with orders and looks to receive reports back from the
field. The SCC is to be replaced by
the newer Network Mangement Tool (NMT).
To prepare the troops for the new NMT, GTE corporation created the
Communications Network Simulator (CNS).
This simulator provides tactical situations requiring a precise execution of tasks.
|The first area that
operators are trained in is the setting up of the system. These processes include the software and
communications network initialization and to connect the system to the
message generator. The operator also
learns to deal with normal operations, degraded operations, maintenance and
administration of the system and shutting and tearing the system down.
|Messages flow from
the NMT at a simulated rate of 231 per hour based on a plan. At least 130 of these messages can be from
special communications outside of the active area. These special areas
include Line of Sight (LOS) radios and NATO interfaces. Emergency situations simulated include loss
of partial communications, loss of equipment, and disabling of personnel.