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A highly experienced, military communications specialist with 30 years’ service, Mark recently left the RAF as a communications manager.

During his RAF career, Mark completed multiple deployments worldwide on national, NATO and coalition operations where he filled a variety of roles. In addition to technical roles, these have included Ops Room Battle Captain and J6 Mentor positions.

Having previously worked alongside 3SDL on a number of projects.  Mark joined 3SDL in April 2018 so he could continue his work in innovation and engineering, and to lead the C3 training delivery team.

Mark has extensive experience planning, deploying and developing tactical and strategic communications systems and networks in support of operations. Operational areas where he has led and managed have included: Close Air Support, Operational C2 and Air-Land/Air-Maritime integration.

His extensive defence communications knowledge in support of Command & Control, Tactical Data Links, ISTAR, and EW significantly enhance the support he delivers.In particular, he relishes teaching and consulting on all aspects of TDLs, data integration and technical innovation.

Mark’s recent non-operational tours have included: HQ 1st (UK) Armoured Division, A6 Deployed Operations at UK Air Command and UK Joint EW Operational Support Centre.

training speciality

COURSE OVERVIEW

The aim of this course is to assist students in rapidly developing an awareness of Tactical Data Links (TDLs) and to introduce them to the issues likely to be encountered by operators, engineers, procurers and policy makers. The course covers the TDLs in use today and puts the various technologies into an operational context. Instructors illustrate the benefits and limitations of each TDL and then highlight today’s key challenges, backed up by a discussion of future developments.

Course Prospectus.

Target Audience

  • Government Engineers
  • Operators
  • Procurement Staff
  • Policy Advisors
  • Academics & Researchers
  • Industry Programme Managers
  • Developers
  • Engineers.

Subjects Covered

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the history of TDLs
  • Explain the Characteristics of popular TDLs (Links 11, 16, 22, VMF and JRE)
  • Understand ISTAR Data Links (IDL) and the technical characteristics of the major NATO TDLs
  • Describe TDL terminals and equipment
  • Understand the operational applications of TDLs
  • Understand standards and interoperability
       - including interoperability challenges.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The aim of the course is to help delegates develop a deeper understanding of MIDS/Link 16. As a group we will explore many of the current technical and operational issues in the MIDS/Link 16 domain, covering the specialised areas associated with procurement, integration, interoperability, test analysis and operation of a MIDS/Link16 system from both platform and network perspectives.

3SDL’s experienced instructors will take syndicated delegates through a sequence of theory and practical exercises themed around the implementation of a MIDS/Link 16 capability.

This course will be running from the 21st to 24th January 2019.

To sign up to this course, please complete the enquiry form below.

Target Audience

  • Anyone eager to develop a more comprehensive understanding of how to procure, integrate, operate and test a MIDS/L16 system.

Subjects Covered

Procurement and Requirements:

    • Defining information exchange requirements and message implementation plans
    • Defining key user requirements

Advanced Network Management & Design:

    • Platform and network planning
    • Platform and network design (techniques, issues and constraints)
    • Planning and managing MIDS/Link 16 networks
    • Practical application of a national Frequency Clearance Agreement

Platform Pre- Mission Planning and Initialisation:

    • Initialisation Data Preparation Facility (IDPF)
    • Application of network roles and functions
    • Considerations for producing OPTASK Links
    • External Time Referenced Networks (ETRN) considerations from both a platform and network level
    • MIDS encryption and management of key material

MIDS/Link 16 Operational Use:

    • Correlation and track management considerations
    • Selection and implementation of filters at a platform level
    • Review of common support equipment used in Link 16 operations

Recording Testing and Analysis:

    • Methods of TDL testing (including test planning & analysis)
    • Conduct operational analysis of Link 16 issues
    • Debate Common Analysis Observations
    • Use of Test Tools

COURSE OVERVIEW

The aim of the course is to help students to rapidly develop a basic understanding of the MIDS/Link 16 Tactical Data Link (TDL). The course covers the operational use of MIDS/ Link 16 today as well as dispelling some of the myths surrounding the technology and the terminology used within the international community. Instructors also illustrate the benefits and limitations of this TDL when compared to other Data Links in current use.

We also run several other MIDS/Link 16 courses which build upon knowledge gained here. These include the MIDS/Link 16 Network Management Workshop, which introduces Network Management, and the MIDS/Link 16 Terminal Course, which focuses on Terminals, specifically MIDS LVT.

This course will be running from the 10th to 11th September 2018. 

To sign up to this course, fill out this enquiry form below.

Course Prospectus.

Target Audience

This course is intended for anyone working on or with MIDS/Links 16 and needing an introduction to the subject, this includes but is not limited to:

  • Industry Developers
  • Technical Managers
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Operators
  • Procurement Staff
  • Academics & Researchers

Subjects Covered

The course will teach MIDS/Link 16 terminology and capabilities. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the history of MIDS/Link 16
  • Describe the difference between MIDS/Link 16 with other TDLs
  • Understand the Operational applications and Technical characteristics of MIDS/Link 16
  • Describe MIDS/Link 16 terminals and associated hardware
  • Understand standards and interoperability.
  • COURSE OVERVIEW

    This course provides attendees with the confidence necessary to start working with VMF projects. The aim of the course is to help students rapidly develop their understanding of VMF including many of the technical aspects within these systems. Instructors illustrate the benefits and limitations of the VMF message standard together with a variety of bearer standards, using the industry-standard OSI Model. The key issues surrounding these technologies are discussed along with its use in today’s operating environments.

    This course will be running from the 17th to 18th September 2018.

    To sign up to this course, fill out this enquiry form below.

    Course Prospectus.

    Target Audience

    • Government and Industry Engineers
    • Operators
    • Academics
    • Researchers

    Subjects Covered

    • OSI 7 Layer Model and IP Network Fundamentals
    • VMF System benefits and limitations compared to other TDLs
    • Operational applications of VMF Standards
    • Common VMF Bearers (i.e. Modems, Radios, Networks)
    • VMF System Testing and Certification
    • VMF procurement, interoperability and international challenges
    • Network Management of VMF networks including forwarding.

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    The aim of the course is to introduce students to Joint Range Extension (JRE) and how it is appliedusing Internet Protocol (IP) technologies. Joint Range Extension is used for carrying tactical data over a variety of different networks. IP has become the commercial standard for networks and the defence industry is rapidly migrating to a largely IP infrastructure. This course is of particular value to existing Data Links practitioners as it compares existing Data Links networks to tactical IP Networks.

    Course Prospectus.

    Target Audience

    • Government Engineers
    • Operators
    • Procurement Executives
    • Policy Advisors
    • Academics and Researchers.

    Subjects Covered

    • The history of JRE and the IP Suite
    • The Technical Characteristics of IP Networks
    • How to pass TDL data over IP Networks and associated challenges
    • JRE communication methods and associated network standards
    • Future IP Network technologies

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    The aim of this 2-day foundation course is to help students to rapidly develop a basic understanding of the Link 22 Tactical Data Link (TDL). The course covers the history and development of the system, technical characteristics and its likely future operational usage. Instructors will also illustrate the benefits and limitations of this TDL when compared to other Data Links in current or planned use.

    This course will be running from the 12th to 13th September 2018. 

    To sign up to this course, fill out this enquiry form below.

    We also run a tailored Link 22 Masterclass, which goes deeper into Link 22. 

    Course Prospectus.

    Target Audience

    • Engineers
    • Operators
    • Procurement Staff
    • Policy Advisors
    • Academics & Researchers

    Subjects Covered

    • Link 22 terminology and capabilities
    • The history of Link 22
    • Link 22 network architecture
    • Operational applications and Technical characteristics of Link 22
    • Tactical messages and message processing associate with Link 22
    • Link 22 terminals and associated hardware
    • Standards and interoperability.

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    The aim of this specialist course is to introduce students to the various Link 16 terminals, focusing on MIDS LVT. Our balanced approach delivered by experienced terminal engineers and users, helps to ensure that delegates grasp the complex functions, processes and capabilities of the Link 16 terminals. We cover all aspects of the terminal from the different variants, vendors and integration issues through to message flow through the terminal including message transmission and reception processing. The course also includes a look at the technical documentation and the problem report process, and concludes with a look at future terminal developments and update program.

    Students are recommended to have attended the MIDS/Link 16 Foundation Course.

    Course Prospectus.

    Target Audience

    • Military Operators
    • Military Systems Engineers
    • Equipment Procurement Staff
    • Technical Managers
    • Regt/Sqn/Ship MIDS/JTIDS Officers.

    Subjects Covered

    • Terminal types and variants including Class1, Class2, URC-138, MIDS, MIDS, JTRS, and SFF
    • Integration issues
    • Terminal interfaces including support port
    • Terminal functions and message transmission
    • Message encoding and transmission processing and reception and decoding processing
    • Terminal specific documentation
    • Future terminal developments.