Network Digital Twins to Support All Defense Domains

Design, test, analyze and assess cyber resilience of tactical battlefield communications and networks with EXata Network Modeling – MultiDomain Networks (EXata JNE). Military personnel and defense contractors can quickly and cost-effectively plan battlefield network architectures and mission scenarios in a high-fidelity, LVC multidomain modeling and simulation environment.

Ideal for military planning, testing, and training operations by enabling the simulation of large-scale military communications networks under various conditions. Connecting physical radios with multiple simulated radios through EXata JNE realistically simulates large tactical radio networks consisting of both physical and simulated components. EXata JNE runs accurate battlefield simulation communications across all domains: land, sea, air, space, and cyber.

Multi-Domain Battlefield Communications Models

Tactical battlefield communications span multiple protocols and applications; from SRW to WIN-T, Blue Force Tracker to ANW2. Connecting through Satellite Communication networks (SATCOM) to Mobile User Object Systems (MUOS) is all part of a multi-domain environment. Simulating that environment is no small task.

Our Joint Network Emulator library contains these waveforms and more, including Bandwidth Efficient Common Data Link (BE-CDL) and emerging waveforms such as Barrage Relay Networks. You can find Link 11 and Link 16 in our Military Radios Library. Interoperating with constructive simulation tools such as OneSAF, VR-Forces, AFSIM and NGTS is a seamless effort with the JNE library.

Chart of software interactions for multi-domain battlefield communications
Diagram showing mission planning and scenario design

Mission CLONE

Mission CLONE (Cyber Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) Operational Network Environment) helps assess and improve cyber resilience of Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) missions. JADC2 relies on a geographically dispersed, connected network of sensors, platforms, and weapon systems operating in harsh and contested environments to achieve mission success.

Mission CLONE provides the following innovative capabilities:

  • Integration of cyber and kinetic domains, without modifications
  • Wireless and tactical waveforms and their specific vulnerabilities
  • Integration with Cyber-Physical Systems and simulations (e.g., submarine control systems)
  • Integration of non-IP communications (e.g. 1553 bus)
  • Launch attacks against the network and connected weapon and C2 subsystems
  • Small hardware footprint to support in-theatre use
  • Include known and zero-day vulnerabilities
  • Assess in parallel:  Command and staff to modify operations and complete the mission, and Network defenders to detect and react to threats as they occur

Architecture and EXata Network Modeling for Versatile Emulation

Both the JNE library architecture and EXata software enable highly scalable LVC multi-domain modeling and simulation making  battlefield network architecture planning simplified and affordable. Users can run radio systems such as Wideband Network Waveform (WNW) and Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) on live radios, along with their respective emulations within JNE.

At the same time, live network managers can operate emulated networks the same way they can with physical networks. JNE can effectively and accurately help develop a network digital twin to emulate many potentially difficult environments such as mountainous areas, cities, and mixed land and air deployments, along with other scenarios for mission success.

Diagram representing EXata network emulation

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