Monday, 14 July 2014

NATO Personnel Complete SyntheSys Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer (ICO) Course

SyntheSys is extremely pleased to announce that 12 NATO personnel have just completed our DLM/ICO Course.  The 3 week intensive course supported by 2 instructors was kindly hosted by the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) Uedem, Germany.  NATO was represented by personnel from CAOC Uedem and CAOC Torrejon, Spain and the Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) based at Poggio Renatico, Italy.  Also, in attendance were personnel from the Netherlands National Data Link Management Cell.

Personnel were instructed on Link 1, 11, 11B, 16, 22, Variable Message Format and Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP) making it a truly Multi Tactical Data Link (TDL) course.  However, unlike other training programmes, personnel continuously utilised real-life operational software and simulation systems to reinforce theory lessons.  These included: Daronmont Data Link Training Suite (DLTS); Diginext TACTX; Hewlett Packard TDL Network Design Station (TNDS) and Engility Joint Range Extension (JRE) software.  These added benefits allowed personnel to swiftly grasp the complexities that surround TDLs and their operational use.

The course is designed with particular emphasis on practical exercises and the subsequent use of those systems described above.  To progressively challenge students on their understanding of the Multi TDL Planning process, they were tasked to create several complex Multi TDL architectures based upon real-life scenarios.  Furthermore, students then briefed their Multi TDL plan and subsequently validated their architecture through the use of simulation.  This check of understanding provided an invaluable learning experience and enabled them to confirm that their architecture would work in reality.

Those who undertook this training course came from a breadth of national and diverse backgrounds, and ranged in rank from Sergeant to Lieutenant Colonel.  This provided an excellent base for personnel to share their own experience and conversely learn from others.

SyntheSys would firstly like to thank the students involved in the course in making this a great success, and secondly personnel at CAOC Uedem whose efforts in organising this course are greatly appreciated.

A second course is already in planning for later this year with the location yet to be confirmed. If you require any further information on this immersive training course or indeed any of our training courses, then please contact SyntheSys Training at or call UK +44 (0)1947 821464.