Data link expands into new areas while returning to its roots—operations against near-peer adversaries.
The Link 16 tactical data link has connected warfighters since the 1980s. But while the system is still associated with supporting large platforms such as aircraft and ships, it is now increasingly being used on the ground by smaller vehicles and dismounted troops to connect forces together into secure, ad-hoc networks capable of supporting a variety of missions.
Link 16 began as a Cold War command and control system to connect U.S. and NATO F-15 jet fighters to the long-range radar picture provided by airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft to intercept incoming Soviet planes in an air battle over Western Europe. Designed before the introduction of satellite-based global positioning system (GPS) and intended to work in a combat environment with intense radio frequency (RF) interference and jamming, the data link was designed to be robust and to have its own navigation capabilities, says Andy Kessler, vice president and business area director for next generation tactical data links at Viasat Inc. READ MORE...
With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.