NATO must continuously adapt. Recently, NATO Allies agreed to enhance NATO’s military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. These battalion-size battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States respectively, are robust, multinational, combat-ready forces demonstrating the strength of the transatlantic bond, and making clear that an attack on one Ally would be considered an attack on the whole Alliance.
Ensuring and improving interoperability between NATO nations’ Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) is a key role for Allied Command Transformation (ACT). NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Mercier used this opportunity to stress that the reinforcement of our deterrence and defence posture requires " interoperability of all capabilities with the NATO standards and doctrine and, when required, to ensure that they can be available for NATO operations." One of the transformation tools available to SACT is the ‘Think-Tank for Information and Decision Execution Superiority’ (TIDE) Sprint events.
TIDE Sprint – an events to achieve a significant amount of work in a limited time period [sprint] provide a forum for C4ISR experts from Alliance and Partner Nations, Military, Academia and Industry to collaborate, exchange ideas and innovate to reach common solutions to many of the most pressing interoperability challenges faced by NATO.
The upcoming TIDE Sprint will take place from 3 to 7 April in Saint Malo, France. Participants will continue the work of previous TIDE Sprints to explore some of the most pressing interoperability issues involving command and control through a Persistent Federated Approach. By developing military concepts, specifications, roadmaps and requirements, TIDE Sprint participants will:
- Examine the Cyber Roadmap that was developed following the declaration by NATO Nations at the 2016 Warsaw Summit to establish Cyber Space as a ‘domain’ of operations. Participants will begin to draft a concept for federating operations in Cyber Space, and make recommendations for the continual improvement to NATO’s Cyber doctrine to reflect the increased emphasis NATO is placing on the Cyber Space Domain.
- Continue to develop the ‘Interoperability’ of people, processes and technology as the central theme of all TIDE Sprints, improving the way our armed forces work together in NATO operations or in national, coalition, European Union or United Nations formats. This TIDE Sprint will examine ways to improve how they ‘connect’ to federate their capabilities and work within a coalition. Participants will address these issues by studying recommendations from the NATO ‘Connectivity Report’ to determine its impact on Federated Mission Networking (FMN) and the Persistent Federated Approach.
- Explore the Information Environment; building on the successful Open Source Information track delivered at the last TIDE Sprint. The outcomes of this TIDE Sprint are emerging in four key areas; Publicly Available Information; Strategic Awareness; Strategic Communications and; Measuring Strategic Effects. Command and Control of the Information Environment is an emerging area and some of the operational lessons learned by experimentation programmes will be discussed with key points identified for NATO.
The upcoming TIDE Sprint consists of 12 technical ‘tracks’, all intended to improve the interoperability of Command and Control amongst Alliance and Partner Nations. Interested experts from a nation’s military, government organisation, from Industry or Academia may wish to consider any of the following TIDE Sprint tracks:
- Cyber Defence
- Command and Control
- Enterprise Architecture
- Maritime Situational Awareness
- Modelling and Simulation
- Service Management
- Federated Mission Networking
- Technical interoperability in a Data Centric Environment
- Command and Control of the information Environment
Click here for the latest outline agenda.
Photo Gallery - TIDESprint 2016