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May 2022   |     Kaunas   |    Lithuania  


TCF20 - Event Cancellation

19.03.20 |  TCF Co-ordinator 

Dear Delegates,

Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Tactical Communication Forum (TCF) 2020 event which was scheduled for 26th – 28th May 2020.

Whilst we are very disappointed that this year’s event will not be taking place, we are basing this decision on information published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other trusted sources.  The international nature of TCF makes the situation particularly complex, as national response strategies differ from country to country.  We are confident that this is the right decision based on information we have available to us today.

Next Steps:

  • No action is needed to cancel your registration with the TCF administration team.

  • If you have booked your hotel accommodation with Hotel Kaunas, please contact the hotel reservations team directly via info@kaunashotel.lt or by telephone: +370 37 750 850

  • For other travel arrangements, please refer to your standard company travel insurance policy and booking terms and conditions.  


We will be formulating a plan for future events over the coming weeks and will keep you informed via email.

Finally, please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused and I wish you all the best in this difficult time of uncertainty.

Very best regards,

Al Gore, TCF Chairman


TCF20 Welcomes Kurt Anker as Co-Chairman

19.02.20   |  TCF Co-ordinator 

I am thrilled to announce that esteemed member of the community, Kurt Anker, will be acting Co-Chair for the 2020 event.  Kurt has supported the TCF event from inception until now, and his contributions have been invaluable in the success of previous events.

Kurt’s current position is as a Test Manager for the Mission Support Engineering Centre (MSEC) at the NATO airbase in Geilenkirchen (GK), Germany.  Kurt has a long, varied career in Tactical Communications which began in 1984 for the Danish Air Force where he gained experience on missile systems, radar systems, programming and training.  Kurt’s position at GK started back in 2003 when the Danish Air Force posted Kurt to the base to perform duties as a Software Developer where his focus of work was Data Links, Weapons and Communications.

Kurt later became a NATO civilian in 2010, continuing to work at GK in similar operational areas with some of his most notable successes being around ensuring that GK training simulators were effectively connected with those of wider partners to achieve simulated training.  Some may know this as Mission Training through Distributed Simulation (MTDS) and was done via the Combined Federated Battle Laboratories Network (CFBL Net).

2015 saw a change in roles for Kurt where he became MSEC Test Leader, whereby he was later promoted to his current role as Test Manager.  He retired from the Danish Air Force in August 2019, after 35 years of dedicated service.

May I take the opportunity to thank Kurt for agreeing to support me at this year’s event, I believe this will help to make TCF2020 and beyond a success.




24.09.19   |  TCF Co-ordinator 

After another successful and productive event in Salzburg, myself and the Tactical Communication Forum (TCF) team have been planning for TCF 2020. I am thrilled to confirm that the meeting will go ahead on 26 - 28 May 2020. The event returns to the Kaunas Hotel, Kaunas, Lithuania and will be a 2.5 day event.

There will be a small conference fee of €55.00 to cover the cost of the conference room which includes lunch and refreshments. The conference fee will be paid on the start of day one.

To book and confirm participation at the meeting please go to the TCF website at https://www.tactical-comms-forum.com. You can also submit presentation proposals via the website. Travel tips and information about Kaunas and Lithuania can also be found at the TCF website.

You can also arrange your accommodation at the Hotel Kaunas via the website.  Please click here for further information.  I recommend booking early to secure a room as availability is limited.

It is also planned to have a TCF social dinner.  Further details of menu, venue and cost will be published on the TCF website shortly.





26.02.19   |  TCF Co-ordinator 

Stockholm, Sweden March 2019.   Ensuring that mission-critical communications are secure and reliable depends on a combination of verbal, written, visual and auditory information exchange across a variety of different battlefield environments.  Governments and industry across the globe work tirelessly to augment Tactical Communication methods in an ever-changing environment.


Now in it’s second year, the Tactical Communication Forum (TCF) aims to provide members of the Tactical Communications community with a unique and productive environment for discussions via the sharing of Technical Presentations to educate individuals, connect members of the community and develop technical initiatives.


The low-cost, voluntary run meeting unites government officials and industry members from around the globe and puts common issues, challenges and initiatives under the spotlight.  The informal, but constructive forum examines areas such as procurement, requirements management, technical considerations, training, test and operational requirements to give delegates both an educational and technical development environment.


The meeting is Chaired by Alan Gore, who has a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight in the area. Alan is Project Manager/Chief Engineer for Swedish Försvarets Materielverk (FMV) and works in the Data Link, Communications, Aircraft and Space Systems Department.  Alan is thrilled to be supported by Martin Müllner from the Austrian Armed Forces Data Link Management Cell who will be the TCF Co-Chair and brings a high level of experience and thought leadership in Tactical Communications also.


Last year’s programme attracted an array of different high-profile speakers, and leaders from NATO, German Air Force, Lithuanian Air Force, and major Defence industry players shared details about current programmes, best practices, challenging areas and technical insight. The 2018 Event programme and associated downloadable presentations can be found here: https://bit.ly/2SQOKKP.  The 2019 event programme is shaping up to be a dynamic and valuable line up.


To register to attend the event, visit tactical-comms-forum.com, or for any queries email the TCF Co-ordinator: coordinator@tactical-comms-forum.com.  We are currently accepting presentation proposals, if you have an area you would like to present, please contact us via email.




21.01.19   |  Alan Gore 

Presentations across the whole spectrum of Tactical communications (TDLs, ID systems, communication systems for example: Technical, Interoperability, Training, Lessons Learnt, Operational, Doctrinal, Product/Industry info

Presentation submissions can be made at the TCF website here along with a short description of the presentation.




19.09.18  |  Alan Gore 

Hotel booking for TCF is now available. Click here for further details. 



06.09.18   |  Alan Gore 

2019 Event Registration is now open. Register here




29.08.18   |  TCF Co-ordinator 

Suitably authorised presentations from the 2018 Lithuania event can now be viewed and download on the website here