Interoperability is the ability to act together as one, which makes it the foundation of all NATO operations. TIDE Sprint examines emergent technologies to improve the interoperability, resilience and agility of NATO, and future Alliance and partner nation’s Command and Control Capabilities and Information Technology services. TIDE Sprint contributes to the success of the Alliance and further develops its ability to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through a culture of openness to new ideas, discussion and collaboration.
Today’s strategic environment is complex, unpredictable and constantly changing. This means that NATO needs to be ever more responsive and resilient, and be able to work with a large network of partners across the globe to confront security challenges. Such an environment calls for the ability to connect all NATO forces and partners together. Being interoperable from the onset of every NATO operation makes the Alliance stronger than its individual members, because it allows individual NATO nations to operate as one NATO force. As the NATO Command mandated to develop Allied warfare capabilities, and therefore driving innovation and collaboration, developing ideas and solutions to the challenges of tomorrow is key to the NATO Allied Command Transformation mission.
TIDE Sprint is the place where many ideas to strengthen NATO are born. The think-tank event brings military engineers, operators and managers together with industry and academia to collaborate, innovate and to identify solutions that solve many of the most pressing interoperability challenges faced by NATO. The outcomes from TIDE Sprints inform, inspire and advance the work of participants and communities of interest, capability development efforts and programmes of work. The results support the resilience of the Alliance, its combat-readiness and amplify the strength of NATO’s collective defence capabilities. TIDE Sprints survey requirements, identify issues and make recommendations that will be further explored, examined and experimented with at the TIDE Hackathon, at the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXercise and in future NATO exercises.
The ‘Think-Tank for Information, Decision and Execution Superiority’ (TIDE) Sprint is part of an annual cycle of related events organised by NATO's Allied Command Transformation that includes the TIDE Hackathon and the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXercise. The ‘Interoperability Continuum’ supports the Alliance, partner nations and other organisations to improve interoperability between their Command and Control Capabilities and Information Technology Services. We do this by exploring ideas at TIDE Sprint, experimenting with new potential solutions at the TIDE Hackathon and testing existing capabilities at the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXercise, all to ensure that NATO maintains its innovative edge and continuously reinforces its interoperability. By bringing these events together as a continuum, NATO's Allied Command Transformation provides a well-rounded approach to innovation, recommendation and implementation, combining people, processes and technology as the three key components of interoperability.
TIDE Sprints takes place twice a year, every spring in Europe and every fall in the United States. These events bring together communities of interest to share, exchange and explore ideas to help the Alliance stay cutting-edge and relevant in a time where change is the only constant, and new developments are continuously added to our adversaries’ capabilities. Each TIDE Sprint event has different tracks in areas relevant to NATO which are led by experienced Subject Matter Experts. The communities supporting the tracks inform Allied Command Transformation on operators’ needs, ensuring that NATO’s war-fighters are ready to succeed in future multinational operations.
Photo Gallery - TIDE Sprint 2019
Hosted by Germany, the NATO-Industry Forum 2018 took place in Berlin from 12 to 13 November 2018.
Context of the 2018 NATO-Industry Forum
The NATO-Industry Forum 2018 took place against the backdrop of an uncertain and complex security environment, in which rapid advancements in technology have revealed new security frontiers and exposed the Alliance to increased threats from state and non-state actors. The rapid pace at which technology is advancing and diversifying increases the Alliance’s demand on traditional and non-traditional defence industries for innovative solutions to multidimensional threats.
For industry to contribute effectively to NATO capabilities, they require an understanding of the Alliance’s plans and vision, an idea of the budget likely to be available and an indication of the commitment to pursue innovative solutions. The NATO-Industry Forum invited industry leadership from across the Alliance to engage in in-depth discussion about NATO’s capability requirements, the capability development process and overall adaptation of the Alliance to embrace innovation and meet the challenges of today’s world.
The 2018 NATO-Industry Forum
In the context of the growing number of capabilities that make it feasible for competitors to challenge the Alliance politically, militarily and technologically, this year’s NATO-Industry Forum focussed on Innovation and Emerging & Disruptive Technologies. Participants strategized on how to harness emerging and disruptive technologies for integration into NATO’s current capability requirements and programs. Discussions focussed on NATO’s business model for the engagement with industry, and aimed at identifying changes required to adapt and project the Alliance into the future.
On Day 1 of the 2018 NATO-Industry Forum, participants engaged in round-tables discussions of their choice on:
The day concluded with a reception hosted by the German Ministry of Defence.
Day 2 commenced with keynote remarks by:
The day continued with three plenary sessions, featuring prominent leaders in industry, and addressing:
The NATO-Industry Forum is sponsored by the NATO Secretary General, and co-organized by the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment. The Forum welcomes prominent leadership from industries across the Alliance, as well as senior representatives from Allied nations and the European Union.
NATO Industry Forum 18 Dress Code
Military: Service Dress | Civilian: Business Suit
Registration, Agenda, Reading Material
The 2018 NATO-Industry Forum Agenda can be found HERE
To learn more about this year’s NATO-Industry Forum click HERE
NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General André Lanata, and the Mayor of the City of Norfolk, Kenneth Alexander, co-hosted a Resilience Conference from April 9th-10th, 2019. The aim of the conference was to increase understanding of civilian/military cooperation in preparing for hybrid/counter-terrorism events.
The Resilience Conference brought together leaders from NATO, European Union nations as well as international experts and policy makers from all levels of government, public and private sectors.
The discussion focussed on a fictitious scenario which included two concurrent terrorist attacks combined with Cyber-attack on a single port city. This allowed the attendees to explore combined civilian, economic, commercial and military factors in order to foster the sharing of best practices between the various stakeholders and explore how NATO best supports nations in building collective resilience.
General André Lanata, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, said, “Each NATO country must be resilient in order to withstand shocks like critical infrastructure failure, military attack and natural disaster.”
He continued: “We serve as the Warfare Development Command, a Command that prepares NATO for every eventuality and provides, by design, end-to-end coherence of the NATO military instrument; and, Resilience is a necessary component of that instrument. When a shocking event occurs, the response must be holistic, systematic and well prepared.”
General Lanata went on to say “In 2016, Allies committed to enhancing resilience. NATO now has seven baseline requirements that assist us in our collective capacity:
Assured continuity of government and critical government services;
Resilient energy supplies;
Ability to deal effectively with uncontrolled movement of people ;
Resilient food and water resources;
Ability to deal with mass casualties;
Resilient civil communications systems;
Resilient civil transportation systems.”
On closing the conference, Admiral Manfred Nielson, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation said, “Resilience is the first line of Defence, and we will only survive in a collaborative effort.”
“We can’t see any future exercise without experimentation, wargaming and testing of interaction”, he added.
Mayor Alexander thanked Allied Command Transformation for bringing "the world to Norfolk" and highlighted the success of the conference for Norfolk. “During this conference we have clearly seen that we have partners who are willing to move with us,” he said.
The conference corresponds with the 70th anniversary of NATO and acts as a reminder of the important role NATO has continually played in supporting and promoting civil preparedness amongst the Alliance and in particular, highlights the role of Allied Command Transformation in ensuring that the Alliance and its Partners are able to recover quickly from adversity now and for another 70 years.