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Emerging data link technology promises to play a critical role in overcoming many of the global, joint, network-centric, continuous, agile communications challenges facing tomorrow's war fighters. The next-generation of military data links are being developed for air combat, weapons integration and time critical targeting, situational awareness, air picture integration, manned/unmanned aircraft integration, wide area ISR and a host of other capabilities.

With the demand for secure transmission of tactical data being a fundamental requirement on the battlefield, especially in Joint and Combined Operations, developments in data link technology are inevitably having a direct impact on ensuring mission success.

Now in its 8th year, SMi's Annual Military Data Links Conference will aim to address the key technological challenges and developments to data link systems and look at how effective information security can be achieved. It will provide an update on the main data link programmes currently being developed, with an emphasis on future advancements and how they are fairing on the battlefield. Country specific data link requirements will also be discussed, analysing the continuing challenge of achieving interoperability and standardisation in the military arena by looking at lessons learnt. Through examining in detail all aspects of certain data link systems Military Data Links will be able to offer solutions to the emerging requirements for future data links.

A unique opportunity to learn from leading military and industry experts including:

  • Commander Jim Hawkins, Commanding Officer, 849 Air Squadron, Royal Navy
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Healey, SO1 Communications and Information Systems, HQ DAAvn, British Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Gary Conlon, Data Links Program Manager, Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Test Center
  • Major Neil Gibson, SO2 Digitization, HQ DAAvn, British Army
  • Squadron Leader Jon Trott, SO2 Tactical Data Links, Strike Command A3, Royal Air Force
  • Craig Lucas, Chief Engineer, Common Data Links Special Projects Office, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, RDECOM, US Army
  • Erik Häggblad, Chief Strategical Specialist, Swedish Defence Material Administration
  • Lieutenant Patrick Pierson, COMUSNAVEUR, Theater Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO), US Navy
  • Daniel Gonzales, Research Project Lead, RAND Corporation
  • Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Paul Casey, Senior Consultant, STASYS
  • Andrew Richards, Principal Consultant, Command and Control Systems, Ultra Electronics
  • John Hines, Technical Director, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Benefits of Attending Military Data Links include:

  • EVALUATE the main issues driving current and future country specfic requirements for military data links 
  • ANALYSE the lessons learnt on the battlefield during recent operations including Operation Iraqi Freedom 
  • ASSESS the current ability to achieve information security 
  • MAXIMISE your knowledge of principle challenges in interoperability and future solutions
  • RECEIVE a status report on the major data links programmes including JTIDS/Link 16

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Casey

Paul Casey, Senior Consultant, STASYS

9:10 SWEDISH NATIONAL DATA LINKS AND INTEROPERABILITY

Erik Häggblad

Erik Häggblad, Chief Strategical Specialist, Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV)

  • Transformation from a national defence to an interoperable defence
  • Analysis
  • Planning the road
  • Lessons learned
  • 9:50 LAND COMPONENT TACTICAL DATA LINKS

  • Land requirements
  • Current land data links
  • Issues with Improved Data Modem (IDM) based links
  • Bowman and TDLs
  • Thoughts on the way forward
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Healey

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Healey, SO1 Communications & Information Systems, HQ DAAvn, British Army

    Major Neil Gibson

    Major Neil Gibson, SO2 Digitisation, HQ DAAAvn, British Army

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 MIDS-LVT AND MIDS-JTRS PROGRESS

    Dr Pete Camana

    Dr Pete Camana, Director, Systems Architecture and Applications, ViaSat

  • Link 16 and current MIDS/JTIDS architecture
  • Emerging operational requirements, capabilities and opportunities for Link 16Current status of applications
  • Current status of applications
  • JTRS Version of MIDS
  • The steps on the way forward for Link 16
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:50 TDL GATEWAYS AND FORWARDERS

    Philip Yanni

    Philip Yanni, Chief Executive Officer , Anzus

  • Providing interoperability of existing systems through gateways
  • Operational requirements
  • TDL gateways and forwarders capabilities and limitations
  • Current gateway initiatives
  • The road ahead
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:40 TACTICAL DATA LINK INTEGRATION

    Francois Guitton

    Francois Guitton, Product Line Manager, Thales Land and Joint Systems

  • Challenges of tactical data link integration
  • Multi-link processor-based architecture
  • Adjustment to platform tactical data systems
  • Interoperability achievement and life-cycle cost benefits
  • Examples of airborne and ground-based cases
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Casey

    Paul Casey, Senior Consultant, STASYS

    9:10 SEA KING MK7 ASAC

    Commander Jim Hawkins

    Commander Jim Hawkins, Commanding Officer, 849 Air Squadron, Royal Navy

  • 849 Squadron structures – roles and equipment
  • Developing JTIDS
  • Operational perspectives - Gulf War 2003
  • Capabilities and limitations of JTIDS in the Sea King ASAC
  • Future objectives and developments
  • 9:50 RAF TACTICAL DATA LINKS

    Squadron Leader Jon Trott

    Squadron Leader Jon Trott, SO2 Tactical Data Links, Strike Command A3, Royal Air Force

  • Current tactical data link objectives and capabilities
  • Overcoming the limitations of JTIDS
  • Operational improvements through the use of JTIDS
  • Achieving interoperability with joint and coalition forces
  • Future tactical data link priorities and initiatives
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Lieutenant Patrick Pierson

    Lieutenant Patrick Pierson, COMUSNAVEUR, Theatre Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO), US Navy

    Stephen Murdoch

    Stephen Murdoch, Business Director, Network Management Systems, Thales Air Operations

    Dr Pete Camana

    Dr Pete Camana, Director, Systems Architecture and Applications, ViaSat

    Philip Yanni

    Philip Yanni, Chief Executive Officer , Anzus

    11:40 MULTI-ROLE TACTICAL COMMON DATA LINK (MR-TCDL)

    Craig Lucas

    Craig Lucas, Chief Engineer, Common Data Links Special Projects Office,Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate, RDECOM , US Army

  • Providing a network centric data link between C4 & ISR
  • MR-TCDL objectives
  • Networked multi-channel data link capability
  • MR-TCDL program’s role in supporting NCW/NCO
  • Potential future applications
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE PATH FROM LEGACY TDL's TO NETWORK CENTRIC OPERATIONS

    Lieutenant Patrick Pierson

    Lieutenant Patrick Pierson, COMUSNAVEUR, Theatre Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO), US Navy

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (summary of operations from the JICO perspective)
  • The path to NCW
  • Obstacles to operational success
  • Network Centric Operations role in Effects Based Operations
  • Top 10 TDL lessons learned for future success
  • 14:30 NETWORK CENTRIC OPERATIONS (NCO) AND TACTICAL DATA LINKS (TDLs)

    Daniel Gonzales

    Daniel Gonzales , Research Project Leader , Rand Corporation

  • Developments in military doctrine, operations and acquisition plans
  • Operational requirements
  • Key capabilities
  • Interoperability issues during recent operations - lessons learned during OIF and OEF
  • Future initiatives to enhance capabilities
  • 15:40 EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE

    Paul Casey

    Paul Casey, Senior Consultant, STASYS

  • Network Centric Warfare/ Network Enabled Capabilities
  • Link enabled/ network enabled/ network centric
  • TDL developments
  • TDL support to Effect Based Operations
  • Network management requirements for EBO/NEC
  • Essential steps for coherence in TDL operations
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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