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The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) is a wireless network of programmable modular radios. A mobile ad hoc network (MANET), it aims to enable communication between military users using a single software defined radio to emulate any of several current military radio systems. This paper investigates the strengths and weaknesses of the zone routing protocol (ZRP), one of several routing protocols under consideration by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for a new mobile network standard and its application to the JTRS ad hoc network. Simulation results using OPNET 7.0 network simulation software are presented.