Exploiting high millimeter wave bands for military communications, applications, and design

James F. Harvey, Michael B. Steer, Theodore S. Rappaport

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Military communications networks can leverage much of the millimeter-wave (mm-wave) technology being investigated and developed for 5G cellular but require special attention to the unique military requirements. This paper highlights the special communications' requirements of specific military local area networks and discusses how higher band mm-wave technology can contribute to high data rates and simultaneously achieve covertness. Adaptive tuning for varying atmospheric absorption meets the military requirements for quickly adjusting covert communication zones to accommodate potentially rapid movements of network nodes, dynamic output power constraints, and changing environmental conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8692347
Pages (from-to)52350-52359
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Access
StatePublished - 2019


  • 5G
  • military communications
  • millimeter-wave propagation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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