Policies to Enable Secure Dynamic Community Establishment

Policies to Enable Secure Dynamic Community Establishment

Alberto Schaeffer-Filho (Imperial College London, UK), Emil Lupu (Imperial College London, UK) and Morris Sloman (Imperial College London, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-855-5.ch007
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Many coalition operations require the establishment of secure communities across the different networks that make up a coalition network. These communities are formed dynamically in order to achieve the goals of a specific mission, and frequently consist of mobile entities interconnected into a mobile ad-hoc network. Technologies are needed to create these communities, and manage their operations. In this chapter, the authors show how a framework for self-managed cells can be extended to provide this capability for coalition operations.
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Self-Managed Cell Framework

The Self-Managed Cell (SMC) (Lupu et. al. 2008) framework provides the underlying infrastructure for building dynamic communities. An SMC consists of a set of hardware and software components that is able to work autonomously, based on a policy-driven feedback control-loop that determines which management or reconfiguration actions must be performed in response to changes in the context. Examples of SMCs are unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) available in a mission, as well as other resources and equipments in the field environment, such as Gumstix1 and PDAs carried by foot soldiers.

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