Battlespace Technologies: Network-Enabled Information Dominance
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RF Cafe Featured Book - Battlespace Technologies: Network-Enabled Information DominanceThis quiz is based on the information presented in Battlespace Technologies: Network-Enabled Information Dominance, by Richard S. Deakin. Published by Artech House.
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This book has some of the best photos of modern war-fighting technology that I have seen.

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1.  What is the most significant difference between past generations in war-fighting technology and contemporary technology?

a)  Nuclear weapons
b)  Women in the military
c)  Pilotless vehicles
d)  Information dominance

d)  Information dominance
It was not until the newest generation that the emphasis switched from networks and sensors as support tools to a recognition of both their centrality to warfare and the delivery of military strategy itself.  (see page 3)

2.  This new Network Enabled Capability (NEC), depends on which of these philosophies?

a)  Think globally, not locally
b)  Think synchronized knowledge, not synchronized requests
c)  Think loosely coupled flexibility, not tightly coupled efficiency
d)  All the above

d)  All the above
A 12-point list of new paradigm thinking has been adopted in the NEC philosophy.  (see page 27)

3.  Match the following network names to the diagrams.

RF Cafe Quiz #33 - Name the network configurations - answers
A  Minimally connected  
B  Circular  
C  Random  
D  Centralized  
E  Hierarchial  
F  Fully connected  
G  Multiinput multioutput node  
H  Delany triangulation  

(see page 65)

4.  Which system provides technically derived intelligence to detect, locate, track, identify,
     and describe the specific characteristics of fixed and dynamic target objects and sources?

a)  MASINT (measurement and signature intelligence)
b)  HUMINT (human intelligence)
c)  ELINT (electronic intelligence)
d)  RADINT (radar intelligence)

a)  MASINT (measurement and signature intelligence)
     (see page 119)

5.  Which phenomenon is NOT a component of an aircraft's detection signature?

a)  Wake turbulence and aerodynamic surface heating
b)  Optical glint and acoustic signature
c)   Pilot size and weight
d)  Radar emissions and IR exhaust signature

c)   Pilot size and weight
     (see page 185)

RF Cafe Quiz #33 - Layered Surveillance6.  What is "layered surveillance?"

a)  Stacking of threats in order of relevance
b)  Using multiple generations of technologies
c)  Stacking physical layers of IP data
d)  Deploying sensors at various altitudes from ground to space

d)  Deploying sensors at various altitudes from ground to space     (see page 245)

7.  Which markup language / protocol is fictitious?

a)  Microsoft Markup Language (MML)
b)  eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
c)  Transducer Markup Language (TML)
d)  Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML)

a)  Microsoft Markup Language
     (see page 278)

8.  Long-range communications is most dependent on which parameter

a)  More on frequency than on power
b)  More on power than on frequency
c)  Equally on both
d)  Neither

a)  More on frequency than on power
     For any given distance, time of day, and atmospheric conditions, there will be a band of
     frequencies the will enable optimal communications, with frequencies outside that range
     working poorly or not at all.  (see page 296)

9.  What is a primary characteristic of burst communications?

a)  Amplitude Modulation
b)  Data compression
c)  Quadrature modulation
d)  Bursts

b)  Data compression
     Burst communications involve compressing the data and transmitting it in short bursts at
     unpredictable times and in an irregular pattern so that it is difficult to detect and intercept.
     (see page 368)

RF Cafe Quiz #33 - Whazz that?10.  What is shown in the picture to the right?

a)  An autonomous robotic spider
b)  A articulately tactile sensor unit
c)  An inverted "dead bug" IC mounting configuration
d)  A Klingon spaceship

a)  An autonomous robotic spider
     (see page 452)


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