Accession Number:

ADA415375

Title:

In Pursuit of Fools Gold-Theater Downlink at the Operational Level of War

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-02-03

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

In the past ten years, U.S. military service chiefs, combatant commanders, and task force commanders have pursued their requirement for the capability to transmit data from intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms directly into the theater operations-theater downlink TDL. The research highlighted certain themes commanders desire for access to analyzed data commanders desire for data availability in a timely manner maturity of a theater of operations impacts the use of TDL. The vulnerability of TDL and the impacts on operational intelligence, operational logistics, and command and control all lead to the same conclusion. TDL is no longer required. Instead, the transmission of data over satellite relays from ISR sensors has proven itself over the skies of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Continued pursuit of TDL is pursuit of Fools Gold.

Subject Categories:

  • Telemetry
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE