Thursday, 18 December 2014

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

SyntheSys is delighted to announce that personnel from the Italian Data Link Management Cell (DLMC), NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC), Poggio Renatico (ITALY), Norwegian Logistics Organisation and Netherlands National DLMC have successfully completed our three week Data Link Manager/Interface Control Officer (DLM/ICO) Training Course.

Students firstly undertook theory lessons combined with the use of simulation and real world operational software, focusing on Link 1, 11, 16, 22, VMF and JREAP.  They then progressed to several challenging planning exercises based upon large scale multinational operations where the students had to identify, and subsequently utilise, a variety of Multi Tactical Data Link (TDL) Information Exchange Requirements (IERs).

Using the specific Joint Tactical Information Distribution System/Multifunctional Information Distribution System Information Exchange Requirements (JTIDS/MIDS IERs) a Link 16 Network Design Document (NDD) set was prepared for the students.  Through a guided session they were shown how to interpret and fully understand all parts of an NDD with emphasis on the Connectivity Matrix.

Finally, using their planning scenarios, operational signals and the combination of simulation, they created numerous Multi TDL architectures to confirm that their plan would work correctly.  This check of understanding using simulation provided an ideal environment for all students to achieve their individual learning outcomes.

SyntheSys would like to thank all of the personnel who attended in making this a highly effective and enjoyable course.  Also, we would like to extend our personal appreciation to the Italian DLMC for kindly hosting the course.

Our next DLM/ICO courses are already confirmed for Norway in March and at CAOC Uedem in June of 2015.  If you would like to know more about these courses, or indeed any of our training courses, please contact or visit