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Researchers at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are working to resolve critical issues with wireless networks.

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U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) researchers are working on the Dynamic Network Adaptation for Mission Optimization (DyNAMO) program, which aims to solve critical wireless technology problems.

DARPA researchers say limitations in current networks prevent the collaboration needed to optimize the effectiveness of airborne missions. For example, the lack of interoperability among the many existing networks inhibits information-sharing among different aircraft involved in a mission. In addition, legacy networks require configuration in advance of a mission and cannot adapt to mission dynamics.

The DyNAMO program will remove these barriers by developing networking technology that creates interoperability between currently incompatible networks. The program will focus on interoperability among existing networks, Intra-Flight Data Link and Multi-function Advanced Data Link, and adaptive network technologies, according to DARPA.

The DyNAMO-developed technology will be demonstrated on radio hardware created in the agency's Communications in Contested Environments (C2E) program. DARPA notes C2E is developing new radio and waveform development architectures and demonstrating the architectures through radio-level interoperable implementations of standard airborne network waveforms.

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