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An Overview of Understanding and Building a Successful C4ISR Architecture

ATI's C4ISR Requirements, Principles, and Systems course

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    Modern warfare is conducted at longer ranges and with greater precision than ever before. Overall mission effectiveness increasingly depends upon systems and services external to a weapon system. Those systems and services fall in the domain of "C4ISR". This course presents a comprehensive view of C4ISR. It begins with fundamental scientific principles, shows how those principles are exploited in various technologies, describes current systems that take the technology into the theater of war, and concludes with a look at the vision of the future "network-centric" battlespace.

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Dr. Clayton Stewart has over 30 years of experience performing across the spectrum of research direction, line management, program management, system engineering, engineering education, flight operations, and research and development. He has had extensive involvement at all levels as Technical Director, Principal Investigator, Operations Manager, Director of Research, Program Manager, Associate Professor, Chief Scientist, Systems Analyst, Member of the Technical Staff, and Aircrew Member. s

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Applications and benefits:

You will benefit by enhancing your understanding of the:

  • Role of C4ISR in the modern military and how to measure its effectiveness.
  • Theory and operations of command, control and communications (C3) systems.
  • Physics of materials signatures, sensors, and detection mechanisms.
  • Technologies and systems used to collect, fuse, and disseminate information.
  • DoD vision for networking a system of systems to support Joint Vision 2020.

Who should attend:

This course is intended for managers, engineers, analysts, and operators who are involved in one or more aspects of C4ISR and desire a broader view, as well as for all those who are entering the field. For maximum benefit, a scientific or engineering background is helpful but not required. The course provides detailed examples, references, and guidance for continued application of the principles presented to future problems in C4ISR.

Course Outline:

Day I: C4ISR Architectures and Command & Control

  • Definitions, Overview, and Examples: The OODA Loop, European C4ISR Review of European Systems and Investments, C4ISR in action for US Air Force operations, C4ISR on US Navy ships, Joint Vision 2010, 2020
  • DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF) Overview: Linking Successful Warfighting, Interoperability and Well Crafted Architectures, Operational, Systems, Technical Views UML representations
  • Computers: Cyber-Warfare: Threats, Information Operations, Information Assurance, Defense Organizations and Defensive Strategy, Global Information Grid (GIG) and the Distributed Common Ground Station (DCGS), Evolution of Systems and Networks; Estimating Future Performance , Service Oriented Architectures and Interoperability
  • Command and Control: Contingency Operations and their Organization Unified Commands, the Joint Task Force, Air Battle Management, C2 Hierarchy, Systems and Commands, Sensor-to-Shooter, Time Critical Targeting (TCT) Approaches and Lessons Learned, Network Centric Warfare

Day II: ISR - Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance

  • Fundamentals, Operations, and Examples: Fundamentals Sensor Systems and Target Signaturese, Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC), Current and Future Systems, Passive Sensors, Signals Intercept, Direction Finding, IR Multi-, Hyper-, Ultra-Spectral characteristics and effectiveness, Radar: Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), I(Inverse)SAR,IF(Interferometric) SAR, Clutter and Noise considerations
  • Intelligence Tasking Processing Exploitation Dissemination (TPED) Process, Electronics Intelligence (ELINT) and Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Image Intelligence (IMINT),
  • Tracking & Measurement Association: Kalman Filters, Multiple Hypothesis Tracking, Interacting Multiple Models (IMM)
  • Platforms and Sensors National: Space Based Radar (SBR) , Satellite Constellations and Persistent Coverage, Overview of various ISR satellite constellations, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Manned Platforms, Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA)

Day III: Sensor & Data Fusion; Communications

  • Sensor Fusion and UAV Operations: Systems analysis building integrated sensor networks, Performance and Examples, Example Systems, Visualization and M&S: Virtual Tour of an Integrated Sensor Network
  • Precision Targeting: Target Location: Methods of Geolocation, Errors in Target Location, Implications for Battle Management
  • Communications: Overview, Fundamentals and definitions, Networks, Coding and Error Detection, Joint Tactical Radio System JTRS, Jamming and Low Probability of Intercept / Detection (LPI/LPD) techniques
  • Military Communication Channels - TADILs (Tactical Data and Information Links): Link 11, Link-16: Challenges, Interoperability Bandwidth, Coordinate Alignment, Coordination in Theater, TADIL systems, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) , Time Division Multiple Access, etc.
  • Satellite Communications: Overview, Definitions, Benefits, Trade-offs, Link Analysis, SATCOM Systems, Current and future, The 2020 Transformational Communications Architecture (TCA), SATCOM and C4ISR Architecture Evolution


    Tuition for this three-day course is $1740 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to