Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer (ICO) Training

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Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer (ICO) Training


Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer (ICO) Training Course Description

This 15 day Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer (ICO) Training course has been developed to provide a full and thorough training package for all personnel who require an in depth knowledge and understanding of Multi-TDL operations. The subject matter provides the required core competencies and may also be supplemented with other optional modules. To ensure commonality of training, we recommend that the syllabus below is utilised. However, should any alterations be required these can be arranged.

All course modules have clearly defined Training Objectives (TOs). Instructors ensure that these TOs have been understood by all participants. Students participate in practical exercises, generally in pairs, throughout the training, both to reinforce their learning, and also to act as a check of understanding. The training places an emphasis on discussion and cooperative learning and actively encourages participation by all. Formal evaluation is not included, unless requested.

Where appropriate, lessons are supported by the use of simulations and operational systems, further detailed in the syllabus. These include:

•Diginext Multi Link Simulation System (TACTX);
•Data Link Training Suite (DLTS) for Link 11, 16 and Multi-Link;
•Tactical Network Design Station (TNDS);
•Thales Network Management System (NMS);
•Joint Range Extension (JRE)

Students receive copies of the training material in both hand-out and electronic form. Each student also receives a copy of the Introduction to MIDS Link 16, and the MIDS Link 16 Network Design and Management training manual.

Related Courses:

Introduction to DoDAF Training
Tactical Data Links Training

Duration: 15 days

Course Content:


•Introduction to TDLs
•TDL Documentation
•Link 1
•Link 11A System
•Link 11 Messages
•Link 11B System
•Introduction to Data Link Training Suite (DLTS)
•Link 11 DLTS

DAYS 2 and 3

•Introduction to MIDS Link 16
•Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)
•Time Slot Composition
•Message Packing
•Access Modes
•J-Series Messages
•Transmit and Receive Rules of J-Series Messages
•STANAG 5516 Minimum Implementation (MinImp)
•Network Participation Groups (NPGs)
•Nets and networks
•Synchronisation and time
•Link 16 network roles
•Communications Security (COMSEC) and MIDS Signal Processing
•Link 16 Radio Frequency (RF) signal
•Link 16 terminals and Interference Protection Feature (IPF)


•Link 22
•Variable Message Format (VMF)


•TDL Comparison and Data Forwarding
•Joint Range Extension (JRE) Application Protocol (AP)


•Multi-TDL Planning
•JTIDS Coordination Message (CM), JTIDS Forecast Activity Report (JFAR), and
JTIDS Activity Report (AR)

DAYS 7 to 9

•Planning Exercises: practical Multi-TDL planning

DAY 10

•Network Design

DAY 11

•Network Design (practical)
•Initialisation Data Load (IDL) preparation

DAYS 12 to 14

•DLTS Link 11
•DLTS Link 16
•DLTS Links 11 and 16
•DLTS Links 11, 16, and JRE

DAY 15

•Multi-TDL Network Management
•Link 16 Network Analysis

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