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Jon Prior - Director

Jon is a co-founder of 3SDL. He spent 25 years working for UK and international armed forces, during this time he provided technical support to a diverse range of Data Link and Combat Identification programmes. 

Much of this work centred around participating in and leading numerous data links trials/exercises in the UK, Europe and the US. 

As a defence civilian employee, he was deployed to Italy during the Kosovo Crisis in 1999 as a member of the DERA team responsible for managing and monitoring allied multi-TDL networks during Op ALLIED FORCE. This unique opportunity gave him invaluable experience of the priorities and pressures of real-time data link operational network management.

Over the past 15+ years, Jon has developed a unique insight in TDL acquisition through providing continuous technical support to UK MOD Defence Equipment & Support and its predecessors. 

He has a well-rounded understanding of the difficult range of issues that defence equipment procurers routinely face and relishes the opportunity to assist them in delivering pragmatic, cost-effective solutions to the frontline. 

Jon routinely delivers training courses in data links and acquisition to a wide-ranging client base that includes UK and international military, civilian and defence industry customers.

training speciality

COURSE OVERVIEW

Anyone eager to further develop their understanding of Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DaCAS) will get a lot out of this 3-day course. Centred on planning, it brings sensor technologies, data networks, platforms/weapons and processes together through lectures, workshops and scenario-based exercises.

This 3-day course informs and guides existing and future DaCAS planners, executers, policy makers and capability developers/technologists. Our significant experience in tactical data communications and ISTAR/ISR, coupled with a keen understanding of executing effects-based DaCAS, gives us the resources to deliver an informative and challenging course.

Course Prospectus

Target Audience

  • Existing and future DaCAS planners and executers
  • Policy makers
  • Capability developers/technologists.

Subjects Covered

This course has included subjects such as:

  • Sensors and Platforms (manned and unmanned).
  • Effects options.
  • Networks and Terminals.
  • Combat ID.
  • Information Exchange Requirements (IERs).
  • Encryption and Data Integrity.
  • Tasking and Capabilities.
  • ISTAR Integration.
  • Planning considerations.
  • Planning and initialization tools.
  • Tasking.
  • Real-time monitoring and secondary exploitation.
  • Digital BDA.
  • Experimentation and future technologies.
  • Training requirements.

COURSE OVERVIEW

This 1 day course is designed to address the confusion caused by the array of proposed solutions to the ongoing problem of Combat Identification. It aims to answer the following type of questions:

  • Which solutions best suit your platform, its environment and its operators?
  • Which fit best in the complete systems architecture?
  • Is technology alone the answer?

Attendees will all gain additional insight into specific systems and techniques. They will also develop an enhanced appreciation of the operational benefit which effective, interoperable Combat Identification techniques provide and how this can be realised for specific cases and missions.

Course Prospectus 

Target Audience

  • Engineers
  • Operators
  • Project Managers
  • Policymakers.

Subjects Covered

This course has included subjects such as:

  • Operational Context and Case Studies
  • Foundations of Combat Identification
  • Situational Awareness and Human Factors
  • Interoperability and Systems Architecture
  • General advantages and problems of Combat Identification technologies
  • Technology insight, networked systems (Tactical Data Link, Combat ID Server, Radio Based Combat ID, Blue Force Tracking)
  • Technology insight, Target Identification systems (IFF, BTID, radar techniques)
  • Current trends and approaches

COURSE OVERVIEW

The aim of this course is to help students to develop an understanding of why MIDS Terminals need to be modernised, the options available and the Challenges that will need to be tackled. The instructors will help the students to make an informed purchasing choice when they return to their organisations.

Course Prospectus

Target Audience

This course is designed for executive level procurement staff.

Subjects Covered

The course will briefly recap MIDS/Link 16 terminology and capabilities. It will then explain why MIDS Terminal modernisation process is taking place, the implications to users and two key options available to users. By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Explain the future proofing features of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) - Join Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) and LVT Block Upgrade 2 (BU2).
  • Understand the technical integration and information exploitation challenges that will face many Link 16 users across the community.
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of the MIDS - JTRS and LVT BU2.