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For tactical networks, rapid reconfiguration and recovery of network topology is highly required. In this paper, we propose an effective tactical network architecture with WMN(Wireless Mesh Network)-based backbone. To reduce the computational and maintenance complexities of tactical networks, a hierarchical architecture is considered in the proposed architecture. The proposed architecture is called called TMB (Tactical Mesh Backbone). In addition, we develop an OPNET simulator not only to evaluate the performances, but also to develop and improve core algorithms for the TMB architecture such as routing, topology management, mobility support and so on.