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In response to the latest developments in the field of military communications systems, SMi have produced this timely conference which will examine and discuss the significant issues surrounding Tactical Internets.

As a senior defence executive, you will be aware of the important issues in the evolution of this sector. We would therefore like to invite you to register now, for our Designing and Deploying Tactical Internets conference.

Increasing requirements for near real-time situational awareness and intra-service and joint C4ISR interoperability are driving the development of Tactical Internets, which will deliver seamless interoperable communications across the battlespace environment and beyond. This conference will look at the new initiatives for new tactical battlefield communications systems, technologies and architectures that the Tactical Internet has encouraged.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Retd) Jeremy Barrett

Colonel (Retd) Jeremy Barrett, Head, Defence Group and Services, Hi - Q Systems

9:10 OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TACTICAL INTERNETS

Colonel Philip Pratley

Colonel Philip Pratley, OR (ICS), Ministry of Defence

  • The increasing complexity of operational requirements for tactical internets
  • Developments in information technology in the implementation of tactical communications systems
  • Defining operational requirements for tactical internets
  • Using the latest technologies available for mobile communication systems
  • Effects on interoperability between tactical internet systems
  • 9:40 IRISH PERSPECTIVE

    Colonel Sean Brennan

    Colonel Sean Brennan, Director, CIS, Irish Defence Forces

  • Increasing complexity in battlefield communications requirements
  • Defining operational requirements for tactical communications systems
  • Architectural issues
  • Effects on interoperability
  • Importance of acquiring battlespace situational awareness and information dominance
  • Significance of standardization
  • 10:20 SOFTWARE PROGRAMMABLE RADIO

    Ken Petermen

    Ken Petermen, Marketing Director, Raytheon

  • Evolution of military radio communication systems
  • Developing technology which allows multiple users on one channel
  • Assigning radio access by need or demand
  • Integrating software programmable radios into current naval communication systems
  • Programs and applications (DMR, JTRS,etc.)
  • Testing and support considerations
  • 10:20 THE WORLD’S ONLY EXISTING TACTICAL INTERNET

    Neil Siegel

    Neil Siegel, Vice President and General Manager, Tactical Solutions, TRW

  • Creating assured communications for fully automated situational awareness and reliable / effective command and control
  • The role of routing and relaying
  • The EW / IW aspects of the Tactical Internet
  • On the move operations and dynamic force composition
  • Lessons learnt and anticipated capabilities
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS ON THE MOVE

    David W. Keetley, Director, Space and Terrestrial Communications, CECOM, RDEC

    David W. Keetley, Director, Space and Terrestrial Communications, CECOM, RDEC, Michael J Dijulio, Program Manager, Space and Terrestrial Communications, CECOM, RDEC, US Army

  • Networking protocols and Routing alternatives
  • Antenna technologies and Phased arrays
  • Requirements for OTM communications
  • Emerging technologies - GPS/IDM/WLAN/Tactical ATM/Tactical PCS
  • Joint tactical radio system
  • Near term digital radio and Surrogate digital radio
  • 12:00 THE WIRELESS TACTICAL INTERNET OF THE FUTURE

    David Hall

    David Hall, Program Manager, Network Communications, Raytheon

  • Integrating the tactical internet implementation with the operational and sysstem architectures
  • Requirements for: on-the-move extended range battlefield communications, increased quantities, joint and coalition battlefield integration
  • Status of current radio and systems improvement programs
  • Architectural intitatives - JTA protocol suites, DII COE - Emerging technologies - Wideband wireless LAN/WAN, GBS, PCS, ATM
  • Some opportunities of COTS insertion and taking advantage of acquisition initiatives - AWE’s ATDs/ACTDs, JWID
  • Key modernization programmes - JTRS, NTDR, SDR, FDR
  • 13:00 Lunch

    14:00 SWEDISH PERSPECTIVE

    Ronny Andersen

    Ronny Andersen, Lt Col, RSWN, FMV

  • Defining operational requirements
  • Architectural issues
  • Effects on interoperability
  • Importance of acquiring battlespace situational awareness and information dominance
  • Significance of standardization
  • Examples of tactical internets in use today
  • 14:40 TACTICAL WIRELESS BATTLEFIELD COMMUNICATIONS - A NEW LOOK

    Forest C. Wheat

    Forest C. Wheat, President, Wheat International

  • Definition of the battlefield
  • ATM on the battlefield
  • Using Mobile Tactical Cellular Communication Systems in the field
  • The importance of training in the development of new technologies
  • Developing wireless networks and command posts
  • Future considerations
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE

    Richard Elder

    Richard Elder, Head CCIS, Marconi Electronics

  • The importance of systems architecture in battlefield communications
  • The key needs and requirements
  • Current examples of systems in service
  • Handling messages and communicating on the battlefield
  • The human factor
  • Future considerations
  • 16:20 APPLICATION OF SYSTEM PRINCIPLES TO DIGITIZATION

    Colin Smedley

    Colin Smedley, Chief Systems Engineer, British Aerospace Defence Systems

  • Identifying system vulnerabilities
  • Information warfare considerations
  • Approaches for resilience and survivability in the digitized battlefield
  • Use of synthetic environments
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Julian Nettlefold

    Julian Nettlefold, Editor, Battlespace

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - SMART PROCUREMENT AND TACTICAL INTERNETS

    Brigadier C.J. Burton OBE

    Brigadier C.J. Burton OBE, Director Bowman, MoD (PE)

  • Overview of procurement processes
  • Examples of procurement of defence equipment past and present
  • Wider implications of Smart Procurement Policy
  • How can commercial development and procurement be made smarter?
  • Simplified acquisitions cutting costs and timelines of equipment procurement
  • 9:40 NATIONAL TARGETS SIGNATURES DATABASES SYSTEMS

    Mike Powell

    Mike Powell, Manger of Technologies, Test and Evaluation Department, Litton - TASC

  • Overview of current systems
  • Collecting target and background signatures
  • Exchanging data and information over secure internet
  • Linking up with overseas defence organisations
  • Overcoming countermeasures such as counterjamming
  • Future developments
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SINGLE CHANNEL GROUND AND AIRBORNE RADIO SYSTEM (SINCGARCS)

    Peter Steensma

    Peter Steensma, Director of Advanced Projects, ITT Aerospace / Communications

  • Evolution of mobile communication systems
  • Creating a tactical internet by combining voice and data systems
  • How SINCGARCS will integrate into BOWMAN
  • Importance of interoperability
  • Adapting SINGARCS for international use
  • Ensuring secure command, control and communication links
  • 12:00 THE JOINT EXPEDITIONARY DIGITAL INFORMATION SYSTEM - PALMCOP

    Pete Batcheller

    Pete Batcheller, Senior Associate, Combat Information Systems, Booz, Allen and Hamilton

  • Jedi-PalmCOP overview and development process
  • Human-machine interface - Power budget, size and weight considerations
  • COTS-GOTS communications, BLOS and OTH including Irirdium and Orbcomm MSS
  • GPS requirements in sensor-to-sensor and target location error
  • Correlation and ambiguity resolution of track data
  • Tooth-to-tail ratio of shooters to controllers
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 INTERNET AND INTRANET TECHNOLOGIES

    Jeremy Smith

    Jeremy Smith, Director of Defence, Microsoft UK

  • Tactical internet vs Commercial intranet
  • Realising the potential of the intranet
  • Dynamic survivability of networks/links in the tactical internet
  • Effects on interoperability
  • Information security issues
  • Significance of standardization
  • 14:40 PANTHER

    Paddy Graham

    Paddy Graham, Product Development Director, Racal Radio

  • Previous military radio systems
  • Satisfying situational awareness requirements
  • Using software packages to send information electronically
  • The Multiple Simultaneous Access (MSA) facility - supporting up to 100 simultaneous point to point voice and data calls without interrupting the broadcast net
  • Collision Sense Multiple Access (CSMA) - controlling the flow of data and providing the management of mixed voice and data calls
  • Integrating Panther with other weapon systems
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 JOINT FORWARD LOGISTIC SUPPORT

    Roland Owens

    Roland Owens, Defence Business Consultant, Syntegra

  • How improved information flow benefits operational planning
  • Speeding up the LSA update cycle
  • Reducing through life costs at each point in the equipment cycle
  • Configuration management and asset tracking
  • Addressing the bandwith issue
  • Monitoring contractor performance
  • 16:20 INSTALLATION

    John Burton

    John Burton, Principal Consultant, Dytecna

  • Installation of equipment in rugged systems
  • Commercial off the shelf equipment
  • Installation of equipment into vehicles
  • Connectivity issues
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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