Datalink Engineer

Communications Yokota AB, Japan


Position Title:

Datalink Engineer


Yokota AB, Japan


Full-Time- Regular

FLSA Category:



Tribalco provides mission-critical information technology, integrated telecommunications, and soldier survival solutions to defense, civilian government, and commercial customers around the world. We are a trusted systems integrator with a global presence, providing advanced and innovative lifecycle solutions, from engineering and installation to operations and maintenance, for the enterprise. With superior technical ingenuity and a proven record of performance excellence, Tribalco is the technology contractor of choice for meeting the unique and complex requirements of our discerning customers. Focused on defense and security technologies, Tribalco delivers unrivaled expertise, ingenuity, and reliability across a wide range of capabilities including cloud computing solutions, advanced wireless implementations, and tactical combat casualty care. Tribalco is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, with additional offices in California, South Korea and Florida.

Tribalco is a global leader in remote satellite-based communications solutions that solve our customers’ toughest communications challenges in urgent time frames and under extreme conditions.  We specialize in enabling complex communication networks that are critical to the operations of the Department of Defense, Civilian Government and commercial markets.

We are actively seeking an experienced and highly motivated Datalink Engineer to join our team. The data link engineer provides support for joint/multi data link networks (data links) at the tactical level within the Air Defense Squadron (ADS). The ADS provides inputs to the common tactical picture (CTP) supporting the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) CTP and the Combatant Commander’s (CCDR) Common Operational Picture (COP). In accordance with CJCSM 3115.01B, Joint Data Network (JDN) Operation, the joint data link network is comprised of several digital data networks, each of which is optimized to enable improved situational awareness and commander’s decision cycle. Information included in the CTP directly supports the Joint Task Force (JTF) assigned missions and is the JTF’s primary input to the CCDR’s COP. One of the primary systems supporting the CTP is the Multi TADAL Network (MTN). IAW CJCSM 6120.01D Joint Multi Tactical Data link (TDL) Operating Procedures, an MTN should be reliable, survivable, flexible, interoperable, timely, and secure. The concept of joint combat operations is supported by the exchange of tactical information between participants on a real-time or near-real-time basis with TDLs. The exchange of  real-time tactical information between C2 systems, weapon systems, and intelligence systems provides mutual support, allows coordinated action, and prevents interference between interfaced forces for the efficient and effective application of military force.  


Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer information systems or related discipline.  
  • Must have a minimum 3-5 years of experience working with datalink systems (8 to10 years of  experience required without a Bachelor’s degree).  
  • Completion of JT-102 Multi-Tactical Data Link Advanced Joint Interoperability Course  
  • Experience with Network Integration and protocols (IP, TCP, and UDP)  
  • Experience with Military LOS and SATCOM radios (MIDS LVT and PRC-117G or later models)  
  • Experience with debugging issues with hardware-in-the-loop.  
  • Strong Customer Service skills  
  • Outstanding communications skills (Verbal/Telephone/Written)  
  • Strong Attention to Detail  
  • Self-motivated with minimal supervision  
  • Strong time-management skills  
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)  


Preferred (Desired) Qualifications:  


  • Completion of Link 16 Unit Manager Course (JT-220) or Multi-TDL Operations Planning Course, JF-201 preferred.  
  • Experience and knowledge of Engility JRE Client Software, Raytheon Solipsys BCS C2 software, Ultra Electronics ADSI Ultra 16 and TacView C2 software and Basic Linus Red Hat Enterprise is highly preferred.



The Datalink Engineer contractor is the Datalink Expert with the following responsibilities:  

  • Serves as the MTN expert and interface between the ADS, AOC, and other TDL participants  
  • Coordinate unit TDL equipment/network requirements, to include interfacing between unit, wing and  

higher-level agencies.  

  • The Contractor will obtain network descriptions and initialization data loads for all networks to  

include AF, joint and coalition networks and maintain them in a local TDL network library for use by  

operations personnel.  

  • Operates and maintains Situation Awareness Data Link (SADL), Link-16, and Joint Range Extension  

Application Protocols (JREAP A, B, and C) beyond line of sight data link networks.  

  • Plan and schedule TDL and related communications equipment installation and maintenance  
  • Setup, maintain and configure TDL equipment, interfaces and connections to AEHF, HF, UHF,  

SATCOM communications systems and associated cryptographic equipment  

  • Initiate and conduct system verification tests to assess the capability and effectiveness of the datalink  

architecture and related communications systems and make recommendations to improve the overall  

datalink architecture  

  • Resolve installation and maintenance discrepancies using applicable directives, diagrams and  installation systems records  
  • Install, configure, add and remove TDL hardware and software as required  
  • Perform system startups, reboots and shutdowns  
  • Develop preventive maintenance schedules and conduct periodic preventive maintenance  
  • Configure TDL man-machine and machine-machine interfaces  
  • Perform user account administration  
  • Monitor and archive log and audit files  
  • Report suspicious activities identified through monitoring logs and audit files  
  • Apply security patches as directed  
  • Help users determine the cause of failures and perform error recovery  
  • Provide technical support to JICC/RICC/SICC, other deployable datalink nodes, and deployable ICCs  

in the PACAF AOR. This support will consist primarily of telephonic, chat, and email support to assist  

site personnel to troubleshoot and resolve local TDL issues.  

  • Support configuration management activities by maintaining and providing TDL architectural diagrams, equipment listings, software versioning and configuration information to each JICC/RICC/SICC upon request  
  • Monitor system performance and generate periodic summaries of system performance and usage  
  • Perform periodic database backups and database recoveries  
  • Load new databases, reinitialize and reload databases as required  
  • Inspect and test assigned systems and components; coordinate with commercial vendors and depots as required to test system components and assemblies in order to isolate faulty hardware and software; remove, repair, replace and restore datalink systems or subsystems  


Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in or related field preferred



  • US Citizenship is required
  • Current US Passport with at least 9 Months prior to expiration  
  • Active Secret Government Security Clearance is required.
  • Active TS/SCI preferred.



  • Compensation is competitive and is commensurate with experience.
  • All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
  • Tribalco is an equal opportunity employer.


About Our Company:

Tribalco is a global systems integrator providing mission-critical information technology, telecommunications, and soldier survival solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide. For over 15 years, Tribalco has been providing defense, civilian government, and international customers with advanced engineering, installation, and O&M solutions in the world's most challenging and secure environments.


Founded in 2004, Tribalco is a CMMI® for Services Maturity Level 3 appraised and ISO 9001:2015 certified enterprise. As a named NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified Trusted Integrator, Tribalco develops, integrates, and deploys multi-layered NSA-compliant COTS-based solutions that enable customers to securely create, share, and protect their classified data. With headquarters in Maryland, regional offices in Florida, California, South Korea, and Germany and supporting satellite locations in Hawaii, Japan, The Marshall Islands and the Middle East, Tribalco competes internationally and performs with agility across the globe in dozens of countries. For additional information, please visit