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Modern military data communications take many forms, from the highly structured data links such as Links 11, 16 and 22 to the more free format structures now used in web enabled technologies.  These form the basis of much of the Network Centric Warfare (NCW) and Network Enabled Capabilities (NEC) that are now being developed by the US, UK and other NATO and allied nations.

SMi's Military Data Links 2006 will review current capabilities, the associated programmes and developments, and will look forward to how these can be integrated into the developing global information architecture along with the issues that need to be addressed to make it work.

An exceptional and diverse speaker line-up includes:

  • Commander Andreas Kernchen, Chief Tactical Data Link Management Section (J3 Joint Operations Support), NATO SHAPE
  • Commander Jim Hawkins, Commanding Officer, 849 Air Squadron, Royal Navy
  • Major Neil Gibson, S02 Digitization, HQ DAAvn, British Army
  • Squadron Leader Adrian Reid, S02 Tactical Data Links, Joint Data Link Management Organisation (JDLMO), Royal Air Force
  • Michel Sandoz, Programme Manager, Tactical Data Link Coherence Initiative, Délégué Général pour l’Armament (DGA)
  • Craig Lucas, Chief Engineer, Common Data Links, Special Projects Office, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, RDECOM US Army
  • Mike Twyman, Vice President, Communication and Information Systems, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
  • Patrick Pierson, Managing Director, Network Centric Solutions
  • Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems & Management Consultancy
  • Dr Peter Camana, Director, Systems Architecture and Applications, ViaSat
  • Paul Casey, Senior Consultant, Lockheed Martin STASYS

Military Data Links 2006 will ...

  • EVALUATE the main issues driving current and future requirements for military data links
  • PROVIDE a status report on the major data link programs
  • EXAMINE lessons learnt on the battlefield, analysing the current ability to achieve information security
  • ANALYSE how technology is impacting on data link advancement
  • DISCUSS the challenges in interoperability, offer solutions on how these should be addressed

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy

9:10 UK TDL MANAGEMENT

Squadron Leader Adrian  Reid

Squadron Leader Adrian Reid, SO2 Tactical Data Links, JDLMO, Royal Air Force

  • How we got to where we are
  • What we can do for UK and foreign users
  • Constraints
  • The future
  • Current issues
  • 9:50 TDL INTEROPERABILITY MANAGEMENT

    Michel Sandoz

    Michel Sandoz, Programme Manager, Tactical Data Links, Délégué Général pour l'Armement (DGA)

  • TDL Coherence Initiative
  • Interoperability testing activities
  • Link 22/NILE programme
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 ACHIEVING COALITION CAPABILITY WITH DATA LINKS

    Paul Casey

    Paul Casey, Senior Consultant, Lockheed Martin STASYS

  • Base-lining TDL capabilities
  • TDL capability gap analysis
  • Force planning for TDL operations
  • Road mapping for future capabilities
  • 11:40 TDL/NCOW TRAINING

    Patrick Pierson

    Patrick Pierson, Director, Network Centric Solutions

  • Why Training is Critical to Interoperability
  • Understanding the problem
    -why don't we train (the root of the problem)
  • Why don't we train correctly
    -when we actually do train
  • Fixing the problem
    -the paradigm shift
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 LAND COMPONENT TACTICAL DATA LINKS

    Major Neil Gibson

    Major Neil Gibson, SO2 Digitization, HQ DAAvn, British Army

  • Land requirements
  • Current land data links
  • Issues with Improved Data Modem (IDM) based links
  • Bowman and TDLs
  • Thoughts on the way forward
  • 14:40 COMMON DATA LINKS (CDL)

    Craig Lucas

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

  • US CDL background
  • C4ISR networking architectures
  • Multi-Role Tactical Common Data Links (MR-TCDL) Programs
    - program goals
    - Joint C4ISR battlespace networking
    - managing ad hoc, wideband directional networks
  • Future Joint CDL programs and plans
  • 15:20 SWEDISH DATA LINK PROGRAMMES

    Erik Haggblad

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

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, followed by Afternoon Tea

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy

    9:10 NATO AND NATIONAL DATA LINK MANAGEMENT

    9:50 THE CHALLENGES OF TDL WITHIN NATO

    Dr Gene Katkus

    Dr Gene Katkus, Senior Systems Engineer - Data Links, NATO Air Command and Control Management System Agency

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 JTIDS LINK 16 IN THE SEA KING Mk7 ASaC (SK ASaC)

    Jim Hawkins

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

  • A brief history of the Sea King Mk7
  • Its position in an integrated C2 network
  • The challenges of JTIDS operation in a rotary platform
  • SK Mk7 ASaC and AH co-operation, including TST
  • Future developments in SK ASaC Link operations
  • 11:40 C4ISR SYSTEMS

    Mike Twyman

    Mike Twyman, Vice President, Communications and Information Systems, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 LINK 16

    Dr Peter Camana

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

  • MIDS-LVT program status
  • MISD-LVT enhancement program
  • MIDS-JTRS program approach
  • MIDS-JTRS program update
  • Airborne Networking Waveform in MIDS-JTRS
  • Where is Link 16 going from here?
  • 14:40 MILITARY DATA LINKS: WHAT NEXT?

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy

  • How have we got here?
  • Twentieth Century developments
  • Requirements, trends and capabilities
  • What next?
  • 15:20 SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION

    Chaired by: Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy

    Commander Kernchen

    Commander Kernchen, Chief, Tactical Data Link Management Section (J3 Operations Support), NATO SHAPE

    Jim Hawkins

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

    Dr Peter Camana

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

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, followed by Afternoon Tea

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