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‘In Pursuit of the Common Operational Picture’

As the digitized battlespace revolution continues apace, the need for real-time, interoperable and secure communications has become mission critical.

Discover the solutions to this operational requirement at this unique international event.’

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Malcolm H Mills

Malcolm H Mills, Principal Consultant, Gregory Harland Ltd

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - BATTLESPACE DATALINK REQUIREMENTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

A senior representative

A senior representative, Theatre Systems Group, Ministry of Defence (UK)

  • Datalink development and integration - the UK perspective
  • Review of current technology and systems (Link 11, 16 & 22,VMF and IDM)
  • Interoperability requirements - the demands of coalition warfare - NATO and Non-NATO considerations
  • Operational utility and capability (UK perspective)
  • Future concepts
  • 9:40 SPECIAL ADDRESS - PRACTICAL INTEROPERABILITY - MEETING THE COMMUNICATIONS CHALLENGE IN KOSOVO

    Kenneth Short

    Kenneth Short, Chief, CIS PMO, SHAPE

  • The theory - the need for near real-time data flow and effective data exchange in allied operations
  • The practice- an overview of the communication information systems architecture and infrastructure for the Kosovo
  • ‘Developing a NATO interoperability policy at short notice’ - the realities of the Kosovo conflict and the status of the multi-nation CIS operation
  • An examination of the data link gateways and network (s) and the problems faced
  • The future of data link systems within NATO
  • 10:20 THE CHALLENGE OF DEPLOYABLE DATA LINKS FOR NATO

    Group Captain Rick Kiralfy

    Group Captain Rick Kiralfy, Chief, CIS Division, Reaction Forces Air Staff

  • From Cold War to Cold Start - restrucuring deployable CIS capability
  • NATO’s depoloyable CIS needs - impact of peace support and OOA operations
  • The challenge of requirements versus resources
  • Deployable communicatiopns and deployable C2 entities
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 DEFENCE PROCUREMENT AGENCY (UK)

    Paul Blakiston

    Paul Blakiston, IPT 144 (Datalinks) IPT Leader, Defence Procurement Agency (Abbeywood)

  • Introduction
  • DPA IPT Structure overview
  • Datalinks (IPT 144) structure
  • Datalink programme/projects
  • 12:00 THE UK SSN DATA LINK PROGRAMME

    Lieutenant Commander Rob Knights

    Lieutenant Commander Rob Knights, IPT 144/143 Requirements Manager, Defence Procurement Agency (UK)

  • Constraints
  • Options available
  • Solutions for present and future SSNs
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 EUROFIGHTER

    Squadron Leader Iain Walsh

    Squadron Leader Iain Walsh, EFRM 2, EF IPT, Defence Procurement Agency (UK)

  • Meeting the demands of secure communications for next-generation airborne platforms
  • An overview of the communications suite on Eurofighter
  • Meeting the standards - information assurance and NATO interoperability
  • Integration issues
  • ‘Leaving your options open’ - the upgrade considerations assessed
  • 14:20 E3/FIGHTER LINK 16 INTERACTION - A UK PERSPECTIVE

    Squadron Leader Dave Clarke

    Squadron Leader Dave Clarke, AWACS 1 E-3D Operational Evaluation Unit, Royal Air Force

  • An overview of the Kososvo campaign and the AWACS involvement
  • The integration of fighter sensor data - the challenges of the conflict and the lessons learned
  • The benefits of fighter control by Link -16 - operating practices discussed
  • The limitations imposed by legacy systems and platform implementations
  • Interoperability assessed and the way forward for the AWACS data link development
  • 15:00 REAL-TIME MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING OF TACTICAL DATA LINKS - THE KOSOVO CONFLICT

    Jon Prior

    Jon Prior, IODL Group Project Manager, DERA

  • Reason for deployment of TIM/MIDAS Facility
  • Roles undertaken by TIM
  • Operations
  • Observations
  • Operational benefits
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 NETWORK MANAGEMENT

    Glenn Twistleton

    Glenn Twistleton, Training Officer, Racal Defence Electronics

  • The management process
  • Time slot management
  • The concept of sub-network management
  • 16:40 LINK 22

    Nick Peet

    Nick Peet, Senior Consultant, IBM Global Services

  • Background - how we got here
  • Current joint initiatives - what is the NILE Reference System?
  • Current national initiatives
  • Way ahead
  • 17:20 C2 IMPLEMENTATION AND INTEROPERABILITY CHALLENGES

    Peter Obermark

    Peter Obermark, Assistant Managing Director, Hollandse Signaal

  • Data link implementation in C2 systems - an overview
  • Data link integration and implementation challenges assessed
  • Gateways and nodes - the solution to US / NATO / Non-NATO interoperability challenges?
  • 18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    18:10 Drinks reception

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Julian Ranger

    Julian Ranger, Managing Director, STASYS

    9:10 MULTIFUNCTION INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - AN UPDATE

    9:40 THE IMPLICATIONS OF DATALINKS FOR THE ARMY

    Lt Colonel Kevin Norgaard

    Lt Colonel Kevin Norgaard, Product Manager, JTIDS and MIDS, US Army

  • The Current Status of the U.S. Army JTIDS Program
  • The Transition to MIDS in the U.S. Army
  • Systems Integration and Interoperability - Lessons Learned from MIDS Early Operational Testing
  • Computer Based Training - A Tool for Sustaining Perishable Operator/Maintainer Skills
  • 10:20 MIDS - A US CONTRACTORS PERSPECTIVE

    Brad Haselhurst

    Brad Haselhurst, Program Manager, MIDS-LVT, Datalink Solutions

  • The status of the MIDS-LVT program
  • Meeting the operational requirements of evolving platforms in emerging battlefield scenarios
  • The MIDS-LVT program - success to date
  • MIDS-LVT Gateway issues
  • MIDS-LVT integration issues
  • Expected MIDS export sales potential
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 USN Data Link Policy, Development and Security Issues

    Gregg Bergersen

    Gregg Bergersen, Director, C4I/EW Programs, US Navy International Program Office

  • USN and Commercial Data Link Policy Developments
  • Role of Data Links in Foreign Customer C4I Migration Paths
  • Use of C4I Logistics Planning Conferences to accurately Design Data Link Architectures
  • Procedures for securing allied interoperability through Data Link Foreign Transfers
  • 12:00 RATIONALIZATION OF C4I TRANSFER POLICY AND PROCEDURES

    Jack Stawiski

    Jack Stawiski, , Director, Foreign Military Sales Division, Advanced Tactical Data Links Systems Office, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

  • Description of USG C4I release process
  • Key elements supporting C4I transfer to foreign governments
  • SPAWAR responsibilities in the Advanced Data Links
  • 3rd Party sales - lessons learned
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 DATA LINKS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

    Basel Brown

    Basel Brown, , Deputy Director, Information Management, Hanscom AFB, US Air Force

  • An overview of the JTIDS program and its association with Information Management
  • An examination of the JTIDS architecture and the systems components
  • From source sensor to command and back to point - the information flow analysed
  • Developing data link capabilities - the ongoing development programs
  • Future predictions for data links - the problems and solutions ahead
  • Entry of Joint Battlespace Infosphere and how it relates to existing system architectures/concepts
  • 14:20 FIGHTER DATA LINK

    Colonel Keith Everly

    Colonel Keith Everly, Air Force Fighter Data Link Program Manager, US Air Force

    15:00 LINK 16 - A GLOBAL STANDARD?

    Lt Colonel James Eldridge, Jr

    Lt Colonel James Eldridge, Jr, , Chief, Air Force Tactical Data Link Division, Electronic Systems Center, US Air Force Material Command

  • The current status of the Link-16 program
  • Link-16 migration - the implications of link 16 on international operations - interoperability in coalition and allied operations
  • Systems integration - lessons learned from Kosovo
  • Ongoing systems integration developments and tools for improved connectivity and interoperability
  • Link -16 gateway programs
  • The ongoing challenges associated with tactical data link proliferation
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 ADVANCED DATA LINK SYSTEMS - INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE

    Joseph Swiderski

    Joseph Swiderski, Division Director, SAIC

  • Data Links Architecture Developments in C4I Systems
  • Data Link Vulnerability
  • Data Link Capacity Issues
  • Interoperability and multi-link network issues
  • Satellite Data Link Communications in the future battlespace
  • 16:40 KOSOVO WAR AND PEACE

    William Reinhardt

    William Reinhardt, Director, International Programs, Logicon

    17:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks

    17:30 Drinks reception

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Detlef Schmitt

    Detlef Schmitt, Project Manager, Combat Direction Systems, SEMA Group

    9:10 SOUTH AFRICAN BATTLESPACE COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES

    Peter Handley

    Peter Handley, Director, Thales Advanced Engineering (South Africa)

  • The current data link network for the South African Armed Forces
  • Current platform communications capabilities - ships/fighters/UAVs
  • Developing indigenous capabilities - the advantages and disadvantages assesed
  • The challenges of interoperability - who, when and how ?
  • The future of data link development in South Africa
  • 9:40 SWEDISH DATA LINK DEVELOPMENTS

    Erik Haggblad

    Erik Haggblad, Air Force Material Command Staff Systems Management, FMV

    10:20 HELICOPTER DATA LINK COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH - AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE

    Dr Jeffrey McCarthy

    Dr Jeffrey McCarthy, Communications Division, DSTO (Australia)

  • Drivers for helicopter data link research - the problems presented
  • Helicopter communications - the challenges for developers
  • Helicopter data link research at DSTO - what are the aims and objectives of the work so for?
  • What has been achieved so far?
  • Testing and evaluating the developments - techniques and findings
  • The future
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 LOW EARTH ORBIT (LEO) SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS FOR LOW COST WEAPON DATA LINKS (WDLS)

    Mark Minges

    Mark Minges, Senior Electronics Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base

    12:00 SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS

    Dr Eugene Skurnick

    Dr Eugene Skurnick, Manager, Business Development, Advanced Programs, BAE Systems

  • The role of satcoms in the network architecture
  • Military vs. commercial - leveraging commerical satcoms for the warfighter
  • The solution to bandwidth communication challenges? At what cost?
  • Ongoing milsatcom developments
  • Gateway - datalink (11, 16, 22) to satcom issues assessed
  • The future of satcoms in emerging battlefield scenarios
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 DATA LINK COMPATIBILITY IN THE MILITARY AND CIVIL ARENA

    Philippe Lardilleux

    Philippe Lardilleux, CNI Marketing Manager, Thomson-CSF Communications

    15:00 UAVS

    Andrew Cambridge

    Andrew Cambridge, Senior Principal Engineer, Ultra Electronics

  • Primary Objective of HIDL
  • The Launch and Recovery element
  • Control of Air Vehicles
  • Robustness of the Link
  • COTS Technologies
  • 15:20 UAVs as Communication Routing Nodes

    Michael Francl

    Michael Francl, Senior Staff Engineer, Advanced Network Design Group, L-3 Communications

  • Existing data link capabilities
  • Providing data network interfaces for sensor payloads
  • Integrating sesnor payloads into Wide Area Networks
  • Managing platform in an autonomous, self-healing network
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 TANKERS

    Rod Kennedy

    Rod Kennedy, TCD Business Development Manager, Aerosystems International

  • Kosovo lessons learned - the need for situational awareness
  • The need for highly secure operating environments - the JTIDS solution
  • Enhancing the ability to co-ordinate the air-to-air refueling task
  • Responding to a UOR - the challenges posed and the solutions provided
  • 16:20 FOURTH GENERATION FIGHTER AIRBORNE COMMUNICATIONS

    Peter Hellstrom

    Peter Hellstrom, Section Manager, Datalinks, Saab

  • Meeting the demands of secure communications for next-generation airborne platforms
  • An overview of the communications suite on Gripen
  • Meeting the standards - information assurance and NATO interoperability issues assessed
  • Integration challenges and solutions
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Data Links - An Holistic Approach
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    Data Links - An Holistic Approach

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    18th May 2000
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