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Bandwidth requirements in the tactical SATellite COMmunications (SATCOM) environment are driven by widely varying battle dynamics. Problematically, however, SATCOM resource management is static, with capacity provisioning based on anticipated average peak demand. To overcome the inevitable shortfalls inherent in this approach, two capabilities are required. The first is integrated Situational Awareness (SA) of SATCOM network status, including views of disruptions and associated impacts. The second required capability is the ability to allocate bandwidth in near real-time to better meet the urgent needs of War-fighters. This paper describes management architectures in which policy-based automation is applied to the dynamic bandwidth allocation problem for tactical satellite networks using policies derived from both current and near-term historical SA data.
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