• COMPARING COMMERCIAL AND T&E SPECTRUM METRICS

      Jones, Charles H.; Painter, Michael K.; C. H. Jones Consulting, LLC; Knowledge Based Systems, Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2017-10)
      There is an ongoing need to understand how spectrum is used. In the context of defending T&E use against commercial encroachment, there is a recurring question of how commercial use compares to T&E use. This comparison is complicated by the lack of consistent definitions of the terms “use” and “efficiency” as well as different requirements of these distinctly different applications. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) recommendations lay out a foundation of spectrum metrics as applied to different applications. The RCC 707 Spectrum Management Metrics Standard provides a T&E perspective. Some insight about commercial metrics can be obtained through an internet search. This paper combines these resources to provide a coherent approach to understanding how to compare spectrum use within these different applications and how this affects the ability to defend against telemetry spectrum encroachment.
    • DEFENDING T&E SPECTRUM THROUGH AUTOMATED FREQUENCY MANAGEMENT METRICS CALCULATION

      Painter, Michael K.; Fernandes, Ronald; Madanagopal, Karthic; Jones, Charles H.; Knowledge Based Systems, Inc.; C. H. Jones Consulting, LLC (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2017-10)
      Because of its economic value, there has been growing pressure to sell off spectrum currently allocated for defense purposes. These pressures come at a time when Department of Defense (DoD) spectrum needs are growing at an exponential pace, thus prompting heightened efforts to clearly demonstrate both the need and the responsible, efficient use of electromagnetic spectrum. In response, the DoD has developed a baseline set of standard metrics to measure spectrum utilization, demand, efficiency, and operational effectiveness. The focus has now shifted toward developing the automated tools to calculate, plot, and display these metrics. The purpose of this paper is to describe progress toward developing a Spectrum Management Metrics Toolkit (SMMT) to fill this need and its potential role in helping to analyze and defend Test and Evaluation (T&E) spectrum usage and needs.