Reducing Communication Detection and Eavesdropping Using Mobile Agent Relay Networks

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Executive Summary

Although mobile wireless communication provides connectivity where hardwired links are difficult or impractical, environmental conditions can still hinder communications. Increasing transmission power reduces battery life and increases susceptibility to eavesdropping. Adding stationary repeater nodes is impractical for highly mobile users in dangerous environments. Using remotely-controlled mobile relay nodes requires centralized control schemes which and adds network traffic overhead and introduces a single point of failure at the controller. An alternative is to create a Mobile Agent Relay Network (MARN).

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