70 years and billions of dollars in the making, Tactical Data Links (or TDLs) are the key to reducing the fog of war and achieving victory on the battlefield… but they remain the military’s most daunting technical and operational challenge.
("Timber Sweet" is the military brevity word for an operational Link-16 network.)
Director Sean Bergesen is a seasoned filmmaker and retired US Air Force Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO) with over 25 years of tactical data link experience.
The International Data Links Society (IDLSoc) serves as Consulting Producer, to help guide the narrative, open doors, and ensure technical accuracy.
The International Documentary Association (IDA) is the project's designated "fiscal sponsor," holding donated funds in-trust until required for production and providing financial oversight.
Timber Sweet tells the amazing story of tactical data links, the unique and extremely complex communications which connect virtually all of our warfighters and lethal military hardware. It presents the current state of data link technology, some of the history, plus a glimpse into the future... but the film is mostly about people - the scientists and engineers who build the systems, the program managers who get things fielded, the data link experts who manage the networks, and the front-line combat personnel who use the data to kill the enemy. These people truly kick ass and this is their story.
This early production-phase trailer introduces the important story of military tactical data links.
Tactical data links are standardized data communications systems used by U.S., NATO, and Coalition forces for transmitting and exchanging real time tactical data using links between allied military network participants.
Nowadays, virtually all US, NATO and Allied combat platforms have some form of tactical data link.
The men and women who design, build, field, support, manage and employ tactical data links.
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The making of Timber Sweet requires approval and support from DoD/MoD media liaison offices to allow access to bases, units, and personnel. And that will take advocacy from leadership.
Access to defense industry TLD engineers and program managers is essential... as is your generous financial sponsorship.
This film is mostly about the data link community and its incredible achievements! We need help writing the narrative, and individual personal stories will help the film come alive. Contact us through this website, at email@example.com, or on the facebook C4I/JICO Group.
Do you have questions or comments about our film? Do you have a theater where we could arrange a screening? Send us a message, and we will get back to you soon.