Course #310-14-FXVA-1

Principles of Communications and Networking

Dates: Oct-21-2013 - Oct-25-2013


AFCEA Headquarters (Map)
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Early Bird Rates In Effect through 09/21/2013!

$1,800 $1,700 Government AFCEA Member
$1,900 $1,800 Government Non Member
$2,200 $2,100 Non-Government AFCEA Member
$2,400 $2,300 Non-Government Non Member

This course qualifies for Continuing Education Units.

Course Description:

Principles of Communications and Networking

Course Description:

The critical role of communications and networking in the defense community is widely recognized.  The field is both broad and dynamic; while progress proceeds at a phenomenal pace, new issues and problems arise almost as fast. The underlying principles, however, change either slowly or not at all.  A conceptual understanding of these principles can help those who work in all aspects of the field see the forest through the ever-changing trees. The course presents an introduction to the technical concepts that underlie the field: analog and digital communications, packet and circuit switching, voice and data networks, and the physics of radio, terrestrial, and satellite links.


This course is intended to provide an overview of the key principles of communications and networking theory, using operational military communications systems to illustrate these principles.  This is not an instruction course on how to design or operate specific systems, although it can help all technical professionals understand the nuances of their systems better. Rather, the objective is to provide a mixed technical and non-technical audience with a conceptually rigorous technical foundation.  It deliberately covers a wide array of topics, based on the view that in the future all forms of military communications and networking will be tied more closely together, and thus a broader understanding will be of use to all. If successful, this course will further allow the graduates to converse more intelligently with subject-matter experts, and pave the way for further learning in more specific areas. While equations are kept to a minimum, the concepts presented are rigorous.   


Those who have responsibilities for planning, acquiring, managing, monitoring, operating, and/or regulating communications or networking programs or systems in a military-oriented environment. The course is specifically intended for those who do not have an extensive formal background in the principles of communications but find themselves in a position where such a background would prove useful. It should also be of interest to engineers trained in other areas, and communications specialists seeking to review and expand their knowledge of the theory and practice of military communications. 



Day 1: Fundamental Communications Principles

  • Electricity and the Origins of Modern Communications
  • Monochromatic Waves and Superposition
  • Modulation; Frequency Division Multiplexing
  • Sine Wave Orthogonality – OFDM
  • Radio Waves
  • Dipole Antenna Radiation
  • Analog Modulation: AM & FM
  • The Link Budget Equation

Day 2: Digital Signals and Communications

  • Digital Signals and Digital Signal Processing
  • Time Division Multiplexing
  • Bandwidth of Digital Signals
  • Nyquist Bandwidth and Shannon’s Law
  • Digital Modulation Techniques
  • Modulation and Pulse Shaping
  • Channel Encoding

Day 3: More Digital Communications; Introduction to Networking

  • More Channel Encoding: Eb/No
  • Digital Radios and Software Defined Radios
  • Networking; The Original Electric Network
  • Voice Networking and Circuit Switching
  • Packets and Virtual Circuits
  • Protocols
  • Local Area Networks; Ethernet
  • The Internet: Origins and Basic Concepts
  • Quality of Service

Day 4: Special Topics (requestors may choose 3-4 after discussion with lecturer)

  • Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) / Spread Spectrum
  • Fiber Optics and Optical Carriers / Networks
  • Cell Phone and “Wireless” Technologies
  • Net Centric Warfare
  • Military Satellite Communications – Narrowband, Wideband, Protected
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)


Dr. Lawrence N. Goeller


Larry Goeller is an analyst working for the Cost Analysis and Requirements Division of the

Institute for Defense Analysis. His area of concentration is space and terrestrial

communications systems. Prior to joining IDA in 2012, he worked as a government civilian for the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a cost analyst for Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE). He received his doctorate in Physics from Rice University in 1986.


HOURS OF COURSE: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Sign in at the classroom commences at 7:30AM.

DRESS:  Business Casual