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Our 11th annual conference examines the latest developments in data links and will help you improve situational awareness for the modern warfighter.  This conference provides excellent networking and partnering opportunities while enabling you to learn about current and salient issues.  Hear from leading experts on interoperability, integration and a number of other timely topics that will allow you to gain a comprehensive insight into the world of data links.

Be updated on the most pressing issues, including:
  • Tactical data links on a platoon level
  • Data link management and planning
  • Cost of ownership
  • Blueforce tracking and situational awareness
  • Advanced data links
  • Integrating air and ground data links
  • Using data links to accurately target and engage

 An excellent line-up of speakers includes:

  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Michael Loeschenkohl, PM NCW / NNEC / PEP Operations Advisor, NATO AEW&C Program Management Agency (NAPMA)
  • Commander Rui Manuel Alves Francisco, NATO HQ C3Staff Officer, Tactical Data Links and Vice Chairman, NATO Data Link Working Group, NATO HQ C3Staff
  • Commander Pentti Holopainen, Finnish Naval HQ, M6 Division, Finnish Navy
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Jaroslaw Sulkowski, Chief of C4ISR Integration Division, Air Force Institute of Technology, Poland
  • Joe Sorroche, Senior Systems Engineer, ASRCC/DMOC, 705th CTS, US Air Force
  • Dr Bruce McArthur, Defence Scientist, System Architectures Group, Defence R&D, Canada
  • Erik Haggblad, Programme Manager, Swedish Defence Material Administration
  • Dominique Guillerm, Senior Systems Engineer, NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency (NACMA)

Chaired by:
Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultants
Please contact James Haggan on 0207 827 6012 or jhaggan@smi-online.co.uk for more information and speaking opportunities.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultant

9:10 Tactical Data Links on a Platoon Level

Duncan Turner

Duncan Turner, Independent Defence Consultant,

  • Getting information down to platoon level
  • Using Link 16 on a battalion level
  • Avoiding blue on blue during very close air support
  • How are ground troops using the information available?
  • 9:50 Data Link Management and Planning

    Erik Haggblad

    Erik Haggblad, Programme Manager, Swedish Defence Material Administration

  • Examining management tools and processes
  • User experience and analysis
  • Focusing on the human interface
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Developments in TIEC, JTIDS and MIDS

  • Enhancing situational awareness
  • Ensuring secure, jam-resistant communications
  • Providing highly accurate navigation
  • Improving positive identification
  • Les Bennett

    Les Bennett, Avionic Software Consultant, BAE Systems

    Dr Reza Ghanadan

    Dr Reza Ghanadan, Engineering Fellow and Technical Director, BAE Systems

    11:40 Why Link 16 Network Management?

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ian Walkerdine

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ian Walkerdine, Military Airspace Management (MASM) Marketing Manager, Thales Air Operations

  • What is Link 16 Network Management?
  • The need for Link 16 Network Management
  • Functional elements
  • Advantages and benefits with examples
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Case Study: The NATO E-3A in Modern Coalition Warfare

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Michael Loeschenkohl

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Michael Loeschenkohl , PM NCW/ NNEC / PEP Operations Advisor , NATO AEW&C Program Management Agency (NAPMA)

  • The E-3A in future NATO Network Enabled Capability
  • Data links in the E-3A
  • Future modification and upgrades
  • 14:30 TADIL-TALES - Tactical Digital Information Link - Technical Advice and Lexicon for Enabling Simulation: Tactical Data Link Models for Distributed Simulation Training

    Joe Sorroche

    Joe Sorroche, Senior Systems Engineer, ASRCC / DMOC, 705th CTS, US Air Force

  • USAF 705th CTS TDL modeling and simulation efforts
  • Link 11/11B, Link 16 and Link 22 TDL simulation models
  • Tactical Data Link model guide for future TDL models
  • Multiple TDL link training capability in a distributed, simulation environment
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Blueforce Tracking and Situational Awareness

    Jim Searle

    Jim Searle, Consultant, 3SDL

  • Minimising fratricide
  • What information is needed?
  • Where does this information go and how is it interrogated?
  • Mobile phone technology and blueforce tracking
  • Role of Bowman and PRR
  • 16:20 A Place for Commercial Blue Force Tracking Systems

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Giles Peeters

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Giles Peeters, BFT Business Development Manager, EMS SATCOM

  • An overview of current Force Tracking systems
  • Vulnerabilities of commercial systems in a military environment
  • Advantages of commercial systems
  • Integration to strategic military capabilitiy and existing BFT systems
  • The future and evolution of Force Tracking systems
  • 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 Consultant

    9:10 Interoperability via Standardisation – Changing Standards for Data Links

    Dominique Guillerm

    Dominique Guillerm, Senior Systems Engineer, NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency (NACMA)

  • Current situation for standards
  • Necessary evolution of NATO STANAGS and US standards
  • Standards do not equal interoperability
  • Need for an interoperability requirement?
  • System and platform integration steps necessary to achieve interoperability as standards evolve
  • 9:50 Ensuring Maritime Situational Awareness by Enhancing Inter-Agency Cooperation

    Commander Pentti Holopainen

    Commander Pentti Holopainen, Finnish Naval HQ, M6 Division, Finnish Navy

  • How can Situational Awareness be improved by additional players?
  • What are the benefits against the constraints?
  • How can cooperation over borders be extended?
  • How are Tactical Data Links hooked to the Collected Picture?
  • Case Study: Finland
  • Case Study: SUCFIS
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NNEC Challenges and Opportunities to TDL

    Commander Rui Manuel Alves Francisco

    Commander Rui Manuel Alves Francisco, NATO HQ C3 Staff Officer, Tactical Data Links and Vice Chairman, NATO Data Link Working Group, NATO HQ C3 Staff

  • NNEC challenges to TDL
  • TDL and the NII
  • Contribution of TDL to SA
  • TDL - path to NNEC
  • 11:40 Case Study: C4ISR Systems Integration Division

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Jaroslaw Sulkowski

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Jaroslaw Sulkowski, Chief, C4ISR Systems Integration Division, Air Force Institute of Technology, Poland

  • The formation of the C4ISR Systems Integration Division
  • LINK interoperability in Poland
  • Exchange of information between C4 systems
  • Integrating multiple sources of information
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Situational Awareness for Joint Fires Coordination

    Dr Bruce McArthur

    Dr Bruce McArthur, Defence Scientist, System Architectures Group, Defence R&D, Canada

  • Overview of the Joint Fire Support project
  • Situational awareness (SA) requirements for Joint Fires Coordination
  • SA and Joint Fires Coordination: experimental trials
  • 14:30 Issues in Providing Situational Awareness in a Multi-TDL Land-Air Interface

    Mark Chappell

    Mark Chappell, Senior Consultant, Synthesys

  • TDLs in use in the Land-Air interface
  • Interoperability issues
  • Data sourcing issues
  • TDL compatibility issues
  • A practical solution
  • 15:10 Situational Awareness and Multi-Agent Coordination

    Dr Sarvapali Ramchurn

    Dr Sarvapali Ramchurn, Senior Research Fellow, ALADDIN Project, Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton

  • Robust sensing in dynamic settings
  • Energy efficient sensor selection
  • Maximising information gain using mobile sensors
  • Coalition formation in dynamic and uncertain environments
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, Afternoon Tea and Close of Conference


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