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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) now being developed by the US, UK and other NATO and allied nations.

SMi's Military Data Links & Situational Awareness 2007 will review current capabilities, the associated programmes and developments. Futher we will assess how these can be integrated into the developing global information architecture along with the issues that need to be addressed to make it work.

Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to enhance your profile in the market by networking with leading industry experts and decision-makers.

A unique opportunity to hear from leading experts including:
  • Commander Andreas Kernchen, Chief Tactical Data Links, Management Section, Operations Support, NATO SHAPE
  • Lieutenant James Stone, Squadron Link 16 Subject Matter Expert, Royal Navy, UK
  • William Urschel, Chief Architect, Aeronautical Systems, US Air Force
  • Dr Kendall Wheaton, Defence Scientist, S&T Operations OR Team, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Defence Research and Development Canada, Department of National Defence, Canada
  • Dr Gene Katkus, Senior Systems Engineer, NATO Air C2 Management System Agency, NATO
  • Dr Tarek Saadawi, Professor and Director, Center of Information Networking & Telecommunications (CINT), Department of Electrical Engineering, City University of New York
Chaired by:
Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultants

Benefits of attending:
UNDERSTAND the importance of data links across military operations
REALISE how situational awareness is dictated by the TDL developments
COMMUNICATE with experts on what the latest UAV programs are and how data links are being utilised
HEAR international perspectives that affect the NATO’s expansion
DEVELOP an understanding of how wireless tactical networks operate

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultants

9:10 THE FUTURE OF DATA LINKS

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultants

  • Data link requirements and architectures
  • Key initiatives, challenges and enablers
  • Examining high capacity backbones, airborne networks,  and gateways
  • Evolution to integrated enterprise communications
  • 9:50 DEVELOPING THE NATO AIR COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEM

    Dr Gene Katkus

    Dr Gene Katkus, Senior Systems Engineer, NATO Air C2 Management System Agency, NATO

  • Incorporating legacy links and systems
  • Creating new interfaces that allow tactical and Network information to flow among member nations
  • Managing the networks across nations
  • Achieving interoperability with linked platforms
  • Evolving with changing STANAGs and mission requirements
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NATO OPERATIONS AND POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

    Commander Andreas Kernchen

    Commander Andreas Kernchen, Chief Tactical Data Links, Management Section, Operations Support, NATO SHAPE

  • Force wide use of TDLs
  • Link 16 - interoperability and its challenges
  • Use of TDLs beyond NATO with coalition partners
  • Support of newcomers to the TDL environment
  • Adapting to new developments in technology enhancing real time situational awareness
  • 11:40 NATIONAL DATA LINK MANAGEMENT WITHIN A NATO ENVIRONMENT

    Major Chris Heijnen

    Major Chris Heijnen, Commander National Datalink Management Cell, Royal Netherlands Air Force

  • Examining a platform-specific view of Tactical Data Links (TDL) interoperability issues
  • Supporting regional information sharing  in accordance with bilateral and multi-lateral agreements
  • Processing radar data to support situational awareness
  • Transmitted to ground in real time
  • Most recent advances and challenges ahead
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE IMPORTANCE OF DATALINK IN ASAC OPERATIONS

    Lieutenant James Stone

    Lieutenant James Stone, Squadron Link 16 Subject Matter Expert, Royal Navy, UK

  • Overview of systems integration
  • Addressing possibility of future problems:
  • Lack of real-time access to critical information
  • Reduce speed of decision-making
  • Reduce risk of “friendly-fire” incidents
  • Continued incorporation for joint operations with Link 16
  • Adding other  tactical data links: IDM, JRE and Link 22
  • Integration with the command & control platform
  • Correlating and not overlapping data on platform and network levels
  • 14:30 INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Characterization and simulation
  • Assessing applicability for novel platforms
  • COTS
  • Dr Gene Katkus

    Dr Gene Katkus, Senior Systems Engineer, NATO Air C2 Management System Agency, NATO

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultants

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MULTI-PROTOCOL GATEWAY

    Kev Ion

    Kev Ion, Multi-Protocol Gateway Product Manager, EDS Defense Ltd.

  • Network planning and design
  • Initialising parameters
  • Planning cycle links
  • Situational awareness provision
  • 16:20 VIDEO STREAMING IN WIRELESS TACTICAL IP-NETWORKS

    Dr Tarek Saadawi

    Dr Tarek Saadawi, Professor and Director, Center of Information Networking & Telecommunications (CINT), Department of Electrical Engineering, City University of New York

  • Flow control  and congestion control in TCP/SCTP Networks
  • SCTP enhancement and bandwidth aggregation techniques
  • Limitations of motion compensated video (MPEG, H.323) in lossy links
  • Multi-path capabilities and  effective video error recovery procedures
  • Short demo of  error-recovery techniques for  video in wireless links
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultants

    9:10 AIRBORNE TACTICAL DATA LINKS AND THERE FUTURE

    William Urschel

    William Urschel, Chief Architect, Aeronautical Systems, US Air Force

  • Adapting innovative technologies
  • Capability and budget concerns
  • Not a plug and play solution
  • Training initiatives
  • Implementation challenges
  • 9:50 INFORMATION AGE MULTI-TDL PLANNING

    Patrick Pierson

    Patrick Pierson, Director, Network Centric Solutions

  • Multi-TDL planning requirements
  • Current multi-TDL planning pitfalls
  • Multi-theater operation information exchange requirements
  • Multi-TDL planning systems
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 TDSL AT THE AIR/GROUND INTERFACE

    Mark Chappell

    Mark Chappell, Senior Consultant, Synthesys Systems Engineering

  • The users, the environment and the challenges
  • Explore simple and current solutions
  • Describe the attributes of a modern solution
  • Suggest a way forward
  • 11:40 INTEGRATION OF DATALINK AND MULTILINK INTO SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND C4I SYSTEMS

    Thomas Blom

    Thomas Blom, Director, Naval Systems, Terma

  • SA and C4I usage of datalinks
  • Integration process overview
  • Human Machine Interface
  • Multi User Interface and internal routing
  • Challenges in datalink integration
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 LE – UAV DATA LINK STUDY OVERVIEW

    Simo Makipaja

    Simo Makipaja, Director, Patria

  • Background on Finnish UAV data link R&T activities
  • Overview of completed LE UAV study
  • Essential study results
  • Open interoperable framework architecture
  • Data Link solutions for timeframes of 5, 10 and 20 years
  • Roadmap and efforts to be initiated to implement the recommended solutions
  • Proposed way forward
  • 14:30 DEVELOPING AND DELIVERING DATA LINKS

    Simon Timms

    Simon Timms, Chief Engineer, Air and Naval Systems, General Dynamics Canada

  • Need for data links to be the enabler for NCW/NEE
  • Data link implementation impacts on overall system design and development
  • Integration with data fusion
  • Platform connectivity from UVs (air land & sea) to JTFHQs
  • Flexibility for coalition operations
  • Trends including use of COTS and open standards
  • Implementation results and lessons learnt
  • Sample future systems and way ahead
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 JOINT FIRES COORDINATION WITH DATA LINKS

    Dr Kendall Wheaton

    Dr Kendall Wheaton, Defence Research and Development Canada, Department of National Defence

  • Examining the impact of widespread planned availability of tactical data links
  • Enabling new joint targeting concepts
  • Synchronizing sensors and managing information
  • Enhancing situational awareness with data links
  • Decision support for rapid, accurate joint fires
  • 16:20 USE OF DATA LINKS IN JOINT FIRE COORDINATION

    Flight Lieutenant Adam Stevens (Ret'd)

    Flight Lieutenant Adam Stevens (Ret'd), , 3SDL

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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