Armasuisse is investigating the use of advanced mobile tactical networks based on rather complex mobiles nodes. The nodes have many capabilities: UHF/VHF smart radio, GPS, ad-hoc routing, tactical applications, Unix PC control, etc. The smart radio allows new ideas to improve their performance to be tested. However, testing is time consuming and innovative concepts should be simulated or emulated first to assess the resulting improvements and possible limitations. The goal of this project is to (1) identify the most promising MANET routing protocol(s) (2) generate in collaboration with armasuisse, a set of innovative ideas to improve the performance based on predicting, when possible, the states of the network of mobile nodes (see Figure 1 for an illustration of predictive life time for a sensor network), (2) assess the performance gain (or loss) in common and extreme scenarios, (3) compare the most important results with field trial results and (4) promote via scientific and(or) open source publication, the ideas developed in this project.