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Course #302-12-SDCA-1

Military Satellite Communications in a Net-Centric Environment

Dates: Jan-24-2012 - Jan-26-2012


San Diego Conventon Center (Map)
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

$1,400 Government AFCEA Member
$1,500 Government Non Member
$1,700 Non-Government AFCEA Member
$1,800 Non-Government Non Member

This course qualifies for Continuing Education Units.
Note: This course has been changed from 4 days to 3 days. Those who registered prior to January 3rd will receive a 25% refund.

Course Description:

Satellite communications dominate current and planned military and government communications systems and make Net-Centric Warfare possible. This course provides an in-depth understanding of current and future military satellite communications. The military requirements and the associated technologies are addressed. The communication aspects of the system (e.g. modulation, coding, and multiple-access) are emphasized and the key problems of communicating in a jamming and/or nuclear environment are presented. Internet protocol (IP) and IP over Satellite (IPoS) are addressed showing this protocol's strengths and weaknesses as a facilitator of Net-Centric warfare.   All of the current and future military and commercial satellite systems are described including MILSATCOM's evolution. The topics provide a comprehensive perspective of satellite communications for military applications.

The course is evenly balanced between general principles and discussions of specific systems. The course will include demonstrations of various satellite communications equipment.

This course describes the fundamental aspects of satellite communication systems engineering with emphasis on the description of current and projected satellite networks in a net-centric and transitional communications environment.

The course is designed for military communications systems planners, engineers, managers, operators, system analysts, and decision makers who need a thorough understanding of military satellite communications systems design. A general background in communications is recommended.



# 302-12 SDCA
Military Satellite Communications In A Net-Centric Communications World
24 – 26 January 2012
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
             8:30 - 10:00                           Unit 1.1 – Intro & Systems     Mr. James Mazzei
                                                                             Review I   
            10:00 - 10:15                           Break
            10:15 - 11:45                           Unit 1.2 – Intro & Systems     Mr. James Mazzei
                                                                 Review II
            11:45 - 1:00                             Lunch
             1:00 - 2:30                             Unit 1.3 – SATCOM Links    Mr. James Mazzei
             2:30 - 2:45                             Break
             2:45 - 4:15                             Unit 1.4 – Earth Station          Mr. James Mazzei
Wednesday 25 January 2012
             8:30 - 10:00                           Unit 2.1 – UHF Systems        Mr. Gary Huckell
            10:00 - 10:15                           Break
            10:15 - 11:45                           Unit 2.2 – IP & IP over          Mr. James Mazzei
            11:45 - 1:00                             Lunch             
              1:00 - 2:30                             Unit 2.3 – NetCentric             Mr. James Mazzei
             2:30 - 2:45                             Break
             2:45 - 4:15                             Unit 2.4 – Acq/Budgets          Mr. James Mazzei
Thursday 26 January 2012

              8:30 - 10:00                            Unit 3.1 – Commercial FSS    Mr. James Mazzei

             2:30 - 2:45                             Break
             2:45 - 4:15                             Unit 3.2 – Commercial MSS   Mr. James Mazzei

Mr. James A. Mazzei provides consulting services to DoD and Intelligence Community customers under a contract with a Federally Funded Research & Development Center. His principal areas of expertise are DoD satellite systems, commercial satellite systems, satellite earth stations and distributed networks. He has over 30 years satellite communications experience in the Air Force and industry, in technical and management roles. He has held technical positions ranging from test engineer to Chief Technical Officer, and management positions ranging from Earth Station Manager to Senior Director & CIO. Mr. Mazzei's experience in industry includes employment with Harris Corporation, COMSAT Corporation and Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc., and encompasses testing and production of major systems as well as systems engineering and technical assistance. In addition to his consulting services, Mr. Mazzei serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland, George Mason University and Johns Hopkins University graduate programs in the areas of satellite communications, data communications, computer networks, network management and executive programs.


Mr. Gary R Huckell provides consulting services to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR, San Diego) through a contract with L3 Communications, supporting the JMINI, IW, and MUOS UHF MILSATCOM programs. Prior to this he worked for 41 years as a civilian at SPAWAR San Diego. Mr. Huckell received a B.S. in Physics in 1965 at San Diego State College and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1967 at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1970 he designed the control hardware (ON-143(V)5) and software for the original SSIXS subscriber communication system. He was the principle contributor and writer for MIL-STD-188-183A and initiated the concept for the Integrated Waveform.


Sign in at the classroom commences at 7:30AM.

DRESS:  Business Casual




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