The technology necessary to exploit real-time and near real-time reconnaissance data from both manned and unmanned airborne platforms is available. This is true with regard to sensors, wideband data links, mass data storage, and display techniques. The technical challenge for system designers is how to integrate these elements into usable and cost-effective reconnaissance systems. Sperry Univac has developed and integrated real-time and near real-time data link systems for operational use by the Air Force and Army over the past 10 years. The systems have been operated in both the 10-GHz (I/J-band) and 15-G Hz (J-band) ranges, utilizing data rates from 100 kHz to 274 Mb/s (analog and digital). Both simplex and full-duplex operation have been implemented. This paper briefly describes some of the technical capabilities (secure, antijam, range, etc.) of the operating systems presently being evaluated and/or used (i.e., strike RPVs, UPD-4, QSR, MODATS, SOTAS, AN/UPQ-3(A), AN/ASQ-159, AN/MSQ-108, BGM-34C, etc.). It will also attempt to summarize the present state of the art and possible future trends as a result of actions by the Department of Defense Data Link Committee.