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Ricki Gleeson - C2ISR Specialist

Ricki served 3.5 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, before joining the Royal Air Force. He spent the next 20 years in the Fighter Control Branch where he held a variety of Operational, training and management roles in both the ground and airborne environments. During the latter half of his career Ricki was selected for a post graduate (General Duties Aerosystems Course) course where he earned an MSc in Aeronautical Systems before his final tour at the UK MoD Defence Procurement Agency (Defence Equipment and Support, DE&S). Ricki retired from the RAF and joined 3SDL in November 2010.

During Ricki's RAF career, he was an Aerospace Command and Control surveillance specialist and operated in the Air Defence Ground Environment, the RAF tactical mobile radar C2 unit and E-3D AWACS aircraft. His time in these various military roles, combined with Operational tours and exercises gave him an excellent operational understanding of Battlespace Management and Command and Control as well as an in-depth knowledge of ISTAR and TDLs.

After completing the UK General Duties Aerosystems Course, Ricki spent his 3 years as a Requirements Manager with the TDL Delivery Team at DE&S. During this time, he managed the testing and service acceptance of Link 16 onto the UK Nimrod R1 SIGINT platform, was intimately involved with the very successful UK Combat ID Server TDP. Additionally Ricki is knowledgeable in TDL Interoperability, Requirements and Concept documentation, Link 16 and 22 as well as teaching TDL. Recently Ricki has supported a number of UK Unmanned Air System programmes, international meetings and Requirements support. Comfortable working with engineers and operators, he understands the importance of ensuring that the front line user and their Operational requirement is not forgotten.

training speciality

COURSE OVERVIEW

The aim of this introductory level training course is to provide students with a grounding in the fundamentals of military communications systems. Attendance will help students rapidly develop a foundation level understanding of the theory before exploring the planning, designing and operation of military communications networks.

Course Prospectus.

Target Audience

  • Non-specialists HQ staffs (J2-5)
  • Project managers
  • Engineers
  • Procurers
  • Suppliers

Subjects Covered

  • Radio basics, definitions, core elements and functionality.
  • Coding, modulation, spread spectrum techniques and encryption.
  • Types of radios capabilities and limitations including Voice, data, IP, software defined, Combat Net Radio.
  • Communications planning including network topologies, typical scenarios and environments. LOS/BLOS options. Antenna characteristics and planning/siting considerations.
  • Hands-on planning workshops and exercises.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The aim of this course is to provide students with foundation level knowledge of Link 11. Instructors will draw on experience gained from complex integration and testing of link 11 into a platform’s host and communications systems, through to its subsequent tactical employment in operations across the globe. The course covers how this specific Tactical Data Link (TDL) is operated by sea, land and air platforms and how Link 11 is used to contribute to overall battle space tactical awareness. Instructors will illustrate the benefits and limitations of this TDL and then highlight today’s key challenges, backed up by a discussion of future developments.

Course Prospectus.

Target Audience

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

Subjects Covered

The course will teach Link 11 A and B terminology and capabilities. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the history of Link 11
  • Understand the Link 11 operational context
  • Understand the Operational applications and Technical characteristics of Link 11
  • Understand Link 11 Hardware and ‘The System’
  • Understand message formats
  • Describe the relevant network architectures
  • Describe Link 11 modes of operation and Tactical employment.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The aim of this course is to help delegates to rapidly develop an understanding of Link 22 Tactical Data Link (TDL). The course covers the history and development of the system, technical characteristics and its 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.

Students are recommended to have attended the 2-day Link 22 Foundation Course.

Course Prospectus.

Target Audience

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

Subjects Covered

  • Network architecture and management
  • Integration issues
  • Operational use
  • Standards and interoperability
  • Technical operations.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The aim of this advanced level course is to instruct students in the theoretical and practical aspects of MIDS/ Link 16 Network Design (ND). Delivered by experienced MIDS/Link 16 network designers and managers with a high degree of technical and operational expertise, this workshop will enable students to enhance their understanding, knowledge and principles of the complex issues involved. In addition, the workshop will cover a series of scenario based activities to elicit the prominent aspects of the network design subject matter. The objective of the workshop is to stimulate an appreciation of the importance and significance of network design. The scenarios will demonstrate the common terminology used and various ND methods.

Students are expected to have attended the MIDS/Link 16 Foundation Course. This course also compliments the MIDS/L16 Network Management Course and can be arranged contiguously.

This course will be running from the 3rd to 6th July 2017. To sign up to this course, fill out this enquiry form below.

Course Prospectus.

Target Audience

  • Military operators 
  • Military systems engineers
  • Equipment procurement staff
  • Ab-initio network managers/designers
  • Regt/sqn/ship MIDS/JTIDS officers.

Subjects Covered

  • The network management process
  • Time slot duty factor
  • Frequency clearance issues
  • Network design infrastructure
  • Network design process
  • Understanding network design documentation
  • Multi LVT issues in network design
  • Network design (workshop)
  • MIDS/JTIDS Link16 platform initialisation.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Testing can consume around 25% of a TDL procurement budget – both time and cost, is a necessarily complex activity and critical to the overall success of a programme. It is highly beneficial that everyone involved in the development, procurement and management of TDLs gains an early and clear understanding of what TDL testing involves and the impact it will have on them.

Students are expected to have a fundamental understanding of TDLs before undertaking this course. 3SDL can provide and Introduction Tactical Data Links and TDL Security.

This course will be running from the 19th to 21st June 2017. To sign up to this course, fill out this enquiry form below.

Course Prospectus.

Target Audience

  • MOD Procurement Staff
  • Industry Developers
  • Technical Managers
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Operational test staff.

Subjects Covered

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of testing, their definitions and methods
  • Understand the engineering/product life cycles
  • Describe the iSMART process and Interoperability testing methodology
  • Understand standards, requirements and system documentation in a TDL context
  • Perform problem and reporting and management of observations.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The aim of the course is to instruct students in the practical and political aspects of Tactical Data Link (TDL) procurement/acquisition. The acquisition of TDLs is a complex challenge for even the most experienced procurement specialist and presents many unique challenges. This course discusses current and future equipment options, explains the workings of the TDL industry and introduces the student to strategies and methodologies that will help them procure and manage cost-effective TDL capability.

Course Prospectus.

Target Audience

  • Procurement/Acquisition Staff
  • Policy Advisors
  • Academics
  • Bid Managers.

Subjects Covered

  • CONOPS and capability
  • Requirements capture and management
  • Standards and making informed decisions
  • TDL terminal hardware and software issues
  • Tender assessments and contract negotiations
  • International interoperability and assurance processes
  • Frequency clearance and international co-ordination issues.

COURSE OVERVIEW

NATO and Western military forces are implementing the new mandated encrypted Identification friend of foe system known as Mode 5. This system is vital to correctly identifying friendly platforms in a congested and confused radio frequency environment. It is vital that personnel who have interactions with any aspect of Mode 5 need to have a working knowledge of this new technology.

Course Prospectus 

Target Audience

  • Foreign Military who are about to embark on major equipment programmes
  • Junior Officers about to undertake Command roles
  • Defence industry representatives wishing to better understand the military need
  • MoD procurement teams who wish to better understand the military need

Subjects Covered

The course includes the following subjects:

  • Operational Context
  • General Characteristics
  • Description
  • Mode 5 levels
  • Mode S
  • Standards Documentation
  • Human factor module (optional)

COURSE OVERVIEW

Today’s military forces have to deal with a host rapidly evolving technologies. The modern Commander must be able to respond to the new challenges these technologies present him: he must decide earlier, act faster, be more efficient with his resources constantly re-assess his processes. This course introduces the student to the complexities of modern command and control battle management.

Course Prospectus.

Target Audience

  • Foreign military about to embark on major equipment programmes
  • Junior officers
  • Defence industry representatives
  • MOD procurement teams.

Subjects Covered

This course has included subjects such as:

  • Introduction to Command and Control Battle Management
  • The development of doctrine - lessons learnt
  • Information sources
  • Sharing the battlespace
  • Current threats
  • Emerging technologies.