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XMPP, the Internet Standard eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol is being widely adopted for Instant Messaging (IM), Group Chat and Presence services in military networks. This paper starts by looking at the military tactical requirements for IM, Group Chat and Presence. It discusses briefly why XMPP is ideal for these services, and also as a building block for situational awareness systems and in support of voice and video communication. Tactical networks often need to make use of Radio and Satellite networks with constrained bandwidth, high latency and difficult operational characteristics. This paper looks at the problems of deploying XMPP over such networks, and shows how XMPP can be effectively deployed in such environments.
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