Tactical Data Link Troubleshooting Tool (T3)
T3 enables remote decision makers and system experts with remote insight into deployed ships' tactical data link (TDL) status and configuration settings.
T3 was successfully installed on 3 US Navy ships during the Trident Warrior 16 at-sea exercise. The overall secure, end-to-end network architecture was successfully demonstrated in an operational environment.
T3 collects link configuration settings from globally dispersed US Navy ships and integrates this data onto a SIPRNet accessible application to provide remote insight into multi-TDL network status and system settings. T3 is the resulting system of a current Phase II.5 SBIR for decoupled TDLs, and provides commanders and decision-makers (such as the Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO) afloat or in the Mission Operations Center) with an overall assessment of TDL network health. The system also provides direct collaboration between fleet operators and system subject matter experts (SMEs) such as the in-service engineering agents to solve configuration issues in real-time. Fleet JICOs and SMEs can filter data and drill down into detailed configuration data and specific network settings at individual unit level through an easy to use and intuitive user interface. T3 also enables users to compare deployed TDL settings to other networked users or operational guidance.
These features allow troubleshooters to quickly identify multi-TDL misconfigurations that can cause lengthy delays in achieving full strike group connectivity impact mission effectiveness by increasing the time that critical communications networks are operational and available. Existing T3 capabilities such as group dashboards and the SITREP tool allow for informed troubleshooting and proactive adjustments to network settings. T3 also translates to significant sustainment savings by reducing travel requirements and cost for program office engineers, who can now remotely view system elements vice physically traveling to ships to perform diagnostics.
The T3 baseline has completed several development milestones and risk reduction activities. Most recently, T3 participated in the Trident Warrior 16 (TW 16) at-sea exercise. T3 was installed on 3 ships for the experimentation phase of TW 16 in June 2016 with the T3 web server at the Pacific Regional Network Operations Center in Wahiawa, Hawaii, for a full end-to-end system experiment on fleet systems. The TW experimentation successfully demonstrated the end-to-end system architecture and connectivity, verified installation on the Navy SIPRNet, and validated the operational relevance of the system through experiments designed to characterize troubleshooting capability. There were several opportunities to gather feedback from fleet operators which further enhanced T3 data visualization and display. The TW experiment also afforded the opportunity to collect several system performance parameters. Data gathered for the T3 BTR and web server demonstrate that overall the T3 system is efficient, is more than capable of handling baseline workload with current resources, and has growth capability.
|Allows authorized users remote insight of:
|User determines type and amount of data displayed|
|Utilizes minimal bandwidth on existing networks|
|Aggregate data from multiple sources|
|Intuitive user interface