The Defense Education & Training Network (DETN) is an interactive television (ITV) network that consists of one-way video uplinks reaching receive-only downlinks along with two-way audio interaction. DETN uses compressed digital video, which greatly reduces the cost of transmission, but provides high quality, full motion video. Participating departments and agencies are Army, Navy, Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Defense Logistics Agency, and Defense Equal Opportunity Institute.
DETN now reaches over 730 classrooms across the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) and 21 locations in Europe, Southwest Asia, and Western Pacific, with education & training programs originating at 18 broadcast centers linked terrestrially to uplink hubs at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and McGhee-Tyson ANGB, Tennessee. The connections to Europe and Southwest Asia are being made through the Global Broadcast Service with a gateway uplink at Norfolk, Virginia. And Western Pacific is being reached by a satellite gateway at Fairchild AFB, Washington.
DETN is managed by the DETN Program Management Office (PMO) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The PMO coordinates the broadcast schedule for all the users and oversees the technical operation and development of the network. The PMO is under the executive agency of Operating location A of Air University’s Education Logistics and Communication Directorate, headquartered at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
DETN is part of the larger federal government system, the Government Education and Training Network (GETN), which was pioneered by the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB in 1993. GETN is a network of networks operated by a consortium of 17 federal agencies. With over 10,000 scheduled hours of broadcasting each year from 10 uplinks reaching out to over 2,300 receive sites, GETN offers high-quality, low-cost ITV with virtually limitless distribution in America and Eurasia.