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Programme Highlights

· Discover the importance and increasing role interoperability is playing in communications

· Acquire information on attaining information superiority

· Develop an awareness of tactical data links systems from a truly global perspective

· Identify key issues of the application and integration of new technology to aid the communication process

· Gain an invaluable insight into country specific data link programmes

· Review lessons learnt from data link operational use from key military experts

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Kees Van Haperen

Kees Van Haperen, Senior Consultant, Hi-Q Systems

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Colonel Stanley Howard

Colonel Stanley Howard, Chief, Global Communications and Information Division, Aerospace Command and Control Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center

  • Roll on roll off beyond line of sight enhancement
  • Enabling the global information grid
  • 9:40 AIR DEFENCE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR

    John McAlonan

    John McAlonan, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Advanced Programming Concepts

  • Overview
  • Maritime capabilities – current and future
  • Joint/coalition support
  • Airborne support
  • Future ADSI developments
  • 10:20 TACTICAL DATA LINKS

    Squadron Leader David Hudson (Ret’d)

    Squadron Leader David Hudson (Ret’d), Senior Consultant, STASYS

  • Infrastructure
  • Network design and planning
  • Pre-mission planning
  • Initialisation
  • Participation
  • Network management Recording and analysis
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE UK PERSPECTIVE

    Squadron Leader Paul Casey, (Retd)

    Squadron Leader Paul Casey, (Retd), , Aerosytems International

  • Reason/definition of TDL Interoperability(IO)
  • UK TDL IO initiatives
  • Link Interoperability Network (LION) IO Testing System
  • JTIDS Portable Capability
  • Connectivity Initiatives
  • 12:00 MULTI-LINK ANALYSIS

    Shaun Pullen

    Shaun Pullen, Technical Leader, Interoperability and Data Links(IODL) Project Group, Airspace Management Systems, QinetiQ

  • Data collection and recording
  • Multiple interface capabilities
  • Manual analysis – advantages and limitations
  • Automatic analysis – advantages and limitations
  • Applications for automated analysis
  • Recent data link research
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 ATLE – THE CO-ORDINATION OF C4 SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT IN SWEDISH ARMY

    Lieutenant Colonel Roger Skanser

    Lieutenant Colonel Roger Skanser, Project Manager, Swedish Armed Forces, Army Command HQ

  • An overview of the digitalisation process in Sweden (Army flavour)
  • Roadmap for Swedish Army C4 aims 2010 and beyond
  • Needs for tactical data links in future C4 systems
  • Current ATLE capabilities
  • Lessons learned from large-scale C4 exercise, February 2002
  • 14:20 JOINT TACTICAL RADIO SYSTEM (JTRS)

    Colonel Steven MacLaird

    Colonel Steven MacLaird, Director, Joint Tactical Radio System, Joint Program Office*

  • Operational lessons learnt from previous inter-service communication problems
  • Keeping pace with evolving technologies
  • Operational requirements of high capacity radios providing both line of sight and beyond line of sight C4I capabilities
  • Family of Interoperable, scaleable and affordable voice, video and data capable radios, built on common open architecture
  • Migration of today’s legacy systems to systems compliant with the JTRS architecture
  • Time-scale of phased implementation balancing operational requirements and weapon systems integration.
  • 15:00 COMMON DATA LINK INITIATIVES

    Major Rick Shelley

    Major Rick Shelley, Chief, Test and Integration Branch, Range Instrumentation System Office, US Air Force

  • Review of the challenges created by multiple non-integrated data links at Department of Defence Test and Training Ranges (TTR)
  • Challenges of frequency spectrum limitations at TTRs
  • Vision of common data link efforts among test training and target control communities
  • Legacy of advanced range data system to newer air crew training systems
  • Programmatic review of efforts to achieve commonality - Multi-Service Target Control System - Enhanced Range Application System - Joint Test and Tactical Training System
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 FROM TACTICAL NETWORKS TO FORCENET

    Special Assistant Joel J Simkol

    Special Assistant Joel J Simkol, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (DASN) for Theatre Combat Systems, US Navy

  • What are tactical network, and how they are applied
  • A road to network centric warfare
  • Time critical strike/targeting: a mission capability application
  • Link 16 weapons: a way ahead
  • 16:40 DATA LINKS - A FRENCH PERSPECTIVE

    Francois Guitton

    Francois Guitton, Tactical Data Link Marketing Manager, THALES Communications

  • Overview of data links in use in France
  • Case of tactical data Links : current and planned implementations, lessons learnt
  • Vision of data links in future battlespace digitisation
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Kees Van Haperen

    Kees Van Haperen, Senior Consultant, Hi-Q Systems

    9:10 MILITARY INFORMATION DISCOVERY AND EXCHANGE USING METADATA

    Dave Clarke

    Dave Clarke, Senior Scientist, Operations Research and Functional Services Division, NATO C3 Agency

  • The benefits of metadata
  • Information discovery using metadata
  • Standardising the process – XML, Dublin Core
  • Back to basics – electronic library cards
  • Exchanging information by translating to a common format
  • Current Implementations and the way ahead.
  • 9:40 MULTI SENSOR FUSION

    Alan Steinberg

    Alan Steinberg, Technical Director, Utah State University/Space Dynamics Laboratory

  • Opportunities for combining multi-sensor/multi-platform data
  • Data sharing strategies
  • Data pedigree, consistency and confidence
  • Data link implications
  • 10:20 SWEDISH DATA LINK DEVELOPMENTS

    Erik Haggblad

    Erik Haggblad, Director Air Force Systems, FMV

  • Data link development for Swedish Air Force
  • Data link history in the Swedish Air Force
  • Design parameters for a C3I system
  • Interoperability issues for non-NATO countries
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 ADAPTIVE C4ISR NODE

    George Duchak

    George Duchak, Program Manager, Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency

  • Need for ACN
  • Technical concept
  • Operational concept
  • Features
  • Network centric interoperability approach
  • Technology baseline Proposed flight demonstration program schedule
  • 12:00 SPEAKER PANEL

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 INFO CENTRIC APPROACH

    Dr. Robert Miller

    Dr. Robert Miller, Project leader – Information Interoperability, The MITRE Corporation

  • The information centric approach
  • Joint battlespace info-sphere enhancing interoperability
  • Data link and information architecture
  • Bandwidth -- XML compression
  • Ensuring information security within the info-sphere
  • 14:40 JTIDS FOR THE ASTOR PROGRAMME AND BEYOND

    Mike Beever

    Mike Beever, Principal Consultant, Space and Defence Division, LogicaCMG

  • JTIDS concept of use for ASTOR
  • Rapid implementation via bespoke COTS-based system integration approach
  • The importance of JTIDS enabling mission critical situational awareness to the wider military community
  • The migration path to true future interoperability
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 JOINT STARS SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL DATA LINK

    Al Sorgi

    Al Sorgi, Senior Principal Systems Scientist, Cubic Defence Systems

  • An overview of the tactical data link implementation programme in JSTARS
  • The requirement for anti-jam, secure data communications
  • Provision of secure all weather link for tactical command and control systems
  • Interoperability between US and NATO forces via ASTOR
  • Increased data rate capability
  • 16:20 TACTICAL AVIATION DATA LINKS

    Alexandre Moreira Monteiro / Luis Savio dos Santos

    Alexandre Moreira Monteiro / Luis Savio dos Santos, Product Development Engineers/Aeronautical Systems, EMBRAER

  • Environmental constraints & Trade Offs;
  • Certification aspects;
  • Case Study
  • Future Trends
  • Conclusions
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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