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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

Kevin L. Elder, PhD


Joint Vision 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) blueprint for development and transformation, identifies information and technology as critical enablers for our nation's military and calls for the development of a joint force capable of integrated information sharing to provide decision superiority, the ability to make and implement better decisions before enemies can react (DoD, 2000). Networks have been identified as the single most important element for transforming our current military forces. Ironically, Air Force base-level communications networks have been identified as a weakness. This research follows the qualitative approach to increases the current understanding of base level communications networks by conducting a multiple site comparative case study that includes practitioner interviews at four locations and the examination of existing literature and documented trip reports. This study determines if base- level networks are disparate, isolates sources of disparity, identifies advantages and disadvantages of disparity, and recommends an appropriate course of action. This research is significant for members of the Air Force, DoD, and private citizens. Air Force networks support close to three-quarters of a million users, including active duty service members, Air Force Reserves, Air National Guard, civilians, and embedded contract employees (McCarter, 2003). In addition to potentially affecting many people and the larger DoD network, base-level networks provide support to deployed warfighters and provide the environment to train, organize and equip our forces. Additionally, these networks provide critical information to key decision makers.

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