17tidesprint2 banner“Interoperability; the ability for multinational units to act together, is the foundation for all NATO operations.
TIDE Sprint examines the resilience and agility of operational Computer Information Systems capabilities
to improve interoperability and ensure that NATO and Partner Nations can operate together effectively
to keep our nations safe.”

Today’s strategic environment is defined by complexity and unpredictability, underlining the necessity for NATO to be more responsive, more resilient, and to work with a wide network of partners in a federation. It also means that NATO must be ready to face future security challenges, including the most demanding ones, to guarantee the freedom and security of its members.

Interoperability between Alliance and Partner nations’ Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems is critical for resilience and is imperative for NATO to achieve its core tasks. Enabling interoperability is a key role for Allied Command Transformation (ACT) that uses the ‘Think-Tank for Information and Decision Execution Superiority’ (TIDE) Sprint events to take forward in a single week what would otherwise take many months to achieve.

TIDE Sprint is a forum for C4ISR scientists, engineers, managers and operators from National Governments, Military, Industry and Academia 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 23 to 27 October in Virginia Beach, USA. It will take forward much of the work undertaken at the previous NATO Hackathon held in London, UK (27-31 March) and the TIDE Sprint held in St Malo, France (3-7 April 2017). It will also explore outcomes from the Coalition Warrior eXploration, eXperimentation, eXploration, eXercise (CWIX) event that experimented with and tested interoperability between deployable CIS from Alliance and Partner Nations. By bringing together these events, ACT paves the way for a more innovative approach to interoperability within the NATO federation to persistently connect forces by identifying and solving the most pressing interoperability problems more quickly and efficiently.

At the upcoming TIDE Sprint, participant will develop military concepts, specifications, roadmaps and requirements that will support and contribute to the Federated Mission Networking initiative to develop ‘day zero’ interoperability and improve operational resilience of NATOs command and control systems. In addition, participants will engage with senior experts from NATO, Industry and National Governments on challenges surrounding Additive Manufacturing, the benefits of virtualizing systems, and will take part in a NATO Industry Forum (NIF) event to examine approaches to federating Cyber Defence. TIDE Sprint tracks will address detailed CIS interoperability issues that may be operational, technical, architectural or even ‘human’ in nature. The outcomes will align roadmaps, develop concepts and affect priorities for developing and testing specifications. Selected specifications may be fast-tracked as challenges for the 2018 TIDE Hackathon and the Spring 2018 TIDE Sprint (Florence, Italy) before being examined and tested at CWIX 2018.

The upcoming TIDE Sprint will improve interoperability amongst Alliance and Partner Nations across twelve inter-related disciplines. Interested experts from a nation’s Military or Government organisations, Industry or Academia may wish to participate in any of the following TIDE Sprint tracks:

  • Operational Command and Control (OC2) • Command and Control of the information Environment (C2 of the IE)
  • Communications
  • Cyber Defence
  • Data Centric Security (DSC)
  • Enterprise Architecture (EA)
  • Federated Mission Networking (FMN)
  • Logistics
  • Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA)
  • Modelling and Simulation (M&S)
  • Service Management
  • Technology

TIDE Sprint is open to NATO and Partner Nations; events take place in an unclassified environment with all sessions conducted in English. Additional information on event administration, registration, past presentations and reports are available on the password protected TIDEPEDIA website. For access to Tidepedia, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including your first and last name, your telephone number, email address and the government or military organisation you represent. Industry and academia are encouraged to participate but require sponsorship from a NATO, National Government or Military representative.

The detailed agenda is available on Tidepedia; an outline agenda will be available on this page in early October.

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