The Battle for Spectrum
The Marine Corps is always looking for innovative ways to manipulate the battle space. One of the biggest challenges for Marine communicators is dealing with radio frequency (RF) spectrum. RF spectrum is a commodity in finite supply, heavily regulated both in and outside the United States. All Marines who use communication devices are users of RF spectrum whether they know it or not, and all successful tactical communications must be cognizant of it.
Military communications equipment, civilian cellular infrastructure, and countless other technologies, specifically anything with an RF emitter, must compete for available spectrum to operate. Entire government and commercial enterprises are built around proper spectrum allocations. Entire technologies rely on the enforcement and regulation of access. In the United States alone it is intensely congested.