Tactical Data Links, Air Traffic Management, and Software Programmable Radios

August 1999
Brian E. White, The MITRE Corporation
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Background on Link 16, global air traffic management (GATM), and the joint tactical radio system (JTRS) is provided. Information addressing the ability of: 1) Link 16 to handle evolving civil aviation data link (CADL) waveforms; 2) a single data link to satisfy Air Force GATM requirements; and 3) JTRS to incorporate data links of interest to aviation is offered. Relationships with layered communication architectures, the Global Grid, and software programmable radios (SPRs) are also discussed.

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