As the youngest UARC, ARLIS is concerned with some of today’s national security grand challenges. Sociotechnical factors driving influence, belief, trust, identity, and behavior now present themselves with new urgency as domains for competition, contention, and active conflict. It is no accident that this has happened in parallel with the growth of broadband networks. It is over these networks that the sociotechnical interactions critical to many ARLIS mission areas take place. Accordingly, ARLIS maintains a a practice in broadband network systems.
Very few of us are now more than a few feet from appliances that connect us to highly individualized channels of information that affect us profoundly and command more of our attention than any other single media. Development trends in wireless broadband infrastructure that underlie this remarkable condition are both profound and troubling for the U. S. Even as it has become globally ubiquitous, the U. S. position here has eroded. While vital today, in the future broadband mobile networks will become even more critical to economic and national security, presenting a challenge the U.S. must rise to meet. To learn more, read our white paper on why this matters.