This module can only be taken as part of the Expeditionary Warfare Systems Engineering and Technology MSc (USA).


To provide the students with an understanding of networks in a modern military electronic sensor or communications system, their vulnerabilities and how they can be protected

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At a glance

  • Dates
    • 08 - 12 Jun 2026
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationNSWC Crane, Indiana, USA

Course structure

Lectures/ Class-based

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding
- Critically assess how a network may be exploited in a military context to support information age operations and to identify the benefits of such support
- Identify the various components of a network and its architecture, defining the protocols and address structure, such that network infrastructure solutions can be critically assessed
- Describe and explain the operation of a wireless LAN

Skills and Other Attributes:

- Identify the threats to a network and evaluate the responses and defence measures to counter these threats
- Propose a secure wireless network structure, evaluating the level of security that such a network can provide against likely threats
- Critically analyse trends and technological developments in networking.


Core content

• Communicating data and the function of networks
• Naval network requirements
• Building a local area network (LAN): media, devices and protocols
• Internet history, addressing and services, including the role of Internet authorities and registries
• Internet architecture and protocols
• IP addresses and domains
• Reliable communication
• Layered models: The Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) and Internet models
• Wide area networks (WANs) and routing
• Network security
• Network analysis and monitoring
• Wireless networks
• Mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs)
• The World Wide Web(WWW)
• Network modelling, simulation and emulation


Individual assignment; 2000-3000 word technical report demonstrating how network emulation may be used to explore the fundamental concepts of switching and routing in both wired networks and Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs).


Dr Philip Nobles

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