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tide sprint spring 2019 bannerTIDE Sprint – Delving into Data Science to strengthen NATO

From March 25th to 29th, 2019, the spring edition of TIDE Sprint will take place in Split, Croatia, where participants will address the impact of, and opportunities provided, by Data Science. At TIDE Sprint representatives from the military, industry and academia come together to drive innovations which will support NATO members and partners and to act as one. Through openness and collaboration, participants at TIDE Sprint develop ideas that will drive improvements in interoperability between the Alliance and its partners.

The nature of warfare always changes, but recent developments have become increasingly disruptive. The application of Data Science in all aspects of military operations will continue to change warfighting significantly. There are risks and opportunities to both military operators as well as decision-makers, and adding Data Science know-how to our NATO arsenal helps us better exploit opportunities and decrease the risk involved. At this TIDE Sprint we will explore this theme by considering the implications of Data Science in the tracks, studying and exploring its potential for NATO and the larger federation.

Data Science is the Interoperability Continuum’s central theme in 2019, as it will enable new NATO capabilities and improve existing ones. That, however, requires that we are interoperable and capable of sharing information across the Alliance and its partners, before operations even start. This we refer to as ‘interoperability by design’, ensuring interoperability is central to the development of any capability. This allows us to truly operate as a single NATO force.

We will also invite the winners of the recent TIDE Hackathon that took place in Warsaw to participate in a Data Science experiment and demonstrate solutions they developed during the Hackathon, to support military decision making.

TIDE Sprint explores many different aspects of NATO and the operation of forces highlighting interoperability. The full selection of TIDE Sprint Spring 2019 tracks includes:

  • Alliance Future Surveillance Capability (AFSC)
  • Command and Control of the Information Environment (C2 of the IE)
  • Communications
  • Cyberspace
  • Data Centric Security (DCS)
  • Data Science
  • Enterprise Architecture (EA)
  • Federated Mission Networking (FMN)
  • Federated Service Management and Control (FSMC)
  • Logistics
  • Maritime Services
  • Operational Command and Control and Interoperability Exercises (OC2 and IO Ex)
  • Operational Network (OPNET)
  • Tactical Edge
  • Technology

TIDE Sprint is part of a series of interoperability events (the Interoperability Continuum) which will further develop cooperation and collaboration in NATO and amongst its partners by improving the way that people, processes and technologies are connected to, and interact with each other. TIDE Sprint provides a problem-solving platform for NATO to express, and innovate with, new ideas and developments regarding Command and Control (C2) capabilities and Information Technology (IT) services.

TIDE Sprint is open to NATO, Partner Nations and other organisations; events take place in an unclassified environment and all sessions are 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 NATO, or from a national government or military representative.

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French Army - Transformation Network Branch
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etlogo300x250After the Lisbon Summit in 2010, the implementation of a Global Approach in Education and Training required a new orientation in the training arena of NATO. Two years later, the Chicago Summit adopted the Connected Forces Initiative, which paved the way for a more professional and systematic approach. Based on European standards for Higher Education and carefully adapted to NATO needs, the NATO Quality Assurance Programme for Education and Training was launched.

The concept of NATO Quality Assurance is founded on the NATO Education, Training, Exercises and Evaluation Policy and is described in detail in the Bi-Strategic Command Education and Individual Training Directive 075-007. Quality Assurance for NATO Education and Training is designed to ensure the highest possible degree of quality for all learners, while providing autonomy and flexibility to the Education and Training Facilities. The vehicle for the realization of NATO Quality Assurance is the Institutional Accreditation process, which is managed, monitored and executed by Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Trainer on behalf of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.

Institutional Accreditation requires an Education and Training Facility to design and implement an effective internal Quality Management System and to demonstrate its contribution to NATO. Through Institutional Accreditation the mission of the Education and Training Facility and its relevance to NATO are validated. Moreover, the Education and Training Facility ensures that its programmes, modules, and courses meet pre-defined academic quality standards and seeks to implement best practices to further enhance the quality of the Education and Training provided, as part of a continuous improvement process.

Those eligible for Institutional Accreditation include any NATO Education and Training Facility, NATO accredited Centres of Excellence, NATO recognized Partnership Training and Education Centres, as well as National or Multinational Training Institutions supporting NATO education and training requirements.

For supporting the institutions engaged or interested in the Quality Assurance Programme, the Quality Assurance webpage on the NATO Transnet portal provides the necessary resources and references.

Moreover, a dedicated training opportunity, the NATO Quality Assurance Course, is made available at NATO School twice a year, while the Quality Assurance Team of Experts in the Joint Force Trainer Division, Joint Education Training and Exercise Plans and Policy Branch provides support and advice upon request.

groenningsaeterAs NATO’s C-IED Capability Monitor (CM), CDRE Groenningsaeter leads the C-IED Task Force that is to ensure cohesive and coordinated NATO and national efforts for all C-IED matters in the Alliance. He is responsible for coordinating all matters regarding C-IED capability development, implementation and acquisition related to the CIED Action Plan.

Additionally, CDRE Groenningsaeter is FOGO champion for the C-IED, EOD, and MILENG CoEs. In this position he provides strategic direction and guidance with respect to the CoE activities ensuring these activities are coordinated with NATO priorities.

For more information about the C-IED Task Force, see the Terms Of Reference (TOR) here.

For the last Task Force meeting minutes and briefings, click here.