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TIDE Sprint - Everything Starts with an Idea!

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. The ‘Think-Tank for Information Decision and Execution’ (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.

tide-sprint-generic-banner.jpgToday’s strategic environment is complex, unpredictable and constantly changing. This means that the NATO Alliance needs to be increasingly responsive and resilient, and able to work with a network of partners across the globe to confront the security challenges of today and tomorrow. The ability to connect NATO and partner militaries so they can act together as one from 'day 1' of a NATO mission is a cornerstone of the Alliance. Being interoperable from the onset of every NATO operation makes the Alliance stronger than the sum of its individual members, because it allows Alliance and partner nations to operate as a single force. As the NATO Command responsible for Warfare Development, NATO's Allied Command Transformation develops Allied warfare capabilities, driving innovation and collaboration, developing ideas and solutions to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

TIDE Sprint is the place where many ideas to strengthen the NATO Alliance are born. It brings military engineers, operators and managers together with industry and academia to collaborate, innovate and to identify solutions to solve many of the most pressing interoperability challenges faced by NATO. The outcomes from TIDE Sprint events 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 Sprint events 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.

TIDE Sprint is part of an annual continuum of related interoperability events organised by NATO's Allied Command Transformation that includes the TIDE Hackathon and the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination eXercise (CWIX). The ‘Interoperability Continuum’ supports the Alliance, partner nations and other organisations to improve interoperability between their command and control systems and capabilities, and information technology services. Allied Command Transformation does this by encouraging participants to explore ideas at TIDE Sprint, experiment and innovate with new solutions and technologies at the TIDE Hackathon and test near fielded and fielded capabilities at CWIX, all to ensure that NATO remains an interoperable Alliance as well as maintaining its innovative edge. By bringing these events together as a continuum, NATO's Allied Command Transformation improves interoperability through innovation, continuously improving how Alliance and partner nations people, processes and technology work together.

TIDE Sprint, Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 edition of TIDE Sprint was due to be held at the Founders Inn, Virginia Beach, USA. Anyone who attended the Fall 2019 event will remember this as an ideal location with the space and facilities to gather together, meet, collaborate and exchange ideas – everything we expect from a TIDE Sprint event. Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the movement restrictions and continued lock-down over parts of the USA and Europe mean that we will need to revert to the on-line TIDE Sprint formula that we trialled successfully and at such short notice back in April.

The good news is that from a limited Spring 2020 TIDE Sprint with only six track leads able to deliver tracks sessions, we are back to a full complement of daily plenary sessions and ten tracks for the Fall 2020 TIDE Sprint edition. We have had to adjust the format to take into account the time difference between the USA and Europe, but anyone who has attended a TIDE Sprint will see many familiar faces and look forward to some serious collaboration. If this is your first TIDE Sprint event and don’t know what to expect, don’t worry, below are some highlights to look forward to, from each of the ten TIDE Sprint tracks:

  • The Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) track will examine AFSC and how it will contribute to Multi-domain operations;
  • Communications tracks will explore Network Management and Cyber Defence (NMCD) functions for Protected Core Networking (PCN);
  • Cyberspace track will look at cyberspace as a military art: the warfighter point of view;
  • The Data Centric Security (DCS) track will look at the incorporation of DCS into the NATO Core Data Framework (NCDF) Data Lake;
  • The Data Science track will better understanding the Information Environment and models of group social behaviour;
  • Enterprise Architecture track will compare UAF and ArchiMate concepts in NATO;
  • The Federated Mission Networking (FMN) track will improve awareness of FMN and look specifically at Modelling & Simulation with the FMN context;
  • The Federated Service Management and Control (FSMC) track will address the benefits and approach for FSMC in the upcoming Federated Mission Networking (FMN) Spiral development;
  • Logistics will examine future Energy storage solutions and how they can contribute to operational effectiveness by reducing the logistical footprint;
  • The Medical track will address Syndromic Surveillance Reporting because, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Syndromic Surveillance is at the forefront of the medical community.

In addition to the TIDE Sprint tracks, we will also be offering daily plenary sessions that will include a track overview on Monday 2 November and Summaries on Friday 6 November. In addition, we will be offering the following keynote sessions:

  • Tuesday 3 November: The NATO Science and Technology Organization will provide an overview of its Collaborative Program of Work and its current focus areas (8 disruptive technological domains). Subject matter experts will then look in more detail at current research in the domains of Modelling & Simulation, Space and Quantum;
  • Wednesday 4 November: Mr Mike Vaughan (CEO, The Regis Company) will talk about “Scenario Planning, how to prepare for the next crisis”;
  • Thursday 5 November: Our own Data Centric Security (DCS) team will “Operationalize Data Centric Security” buy providing insights from industry and academia and examples of DCS capabilities that are under development.

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 tide@act.nato.int, 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.

TIDE Sprint events normally takes place twice a year, every spring in Europe and every fall in the United States. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to modify our usual format and will instead deliver the Fall TIDE Sprint as a fully on-line event. We will have the usual number of tracks and will deliver the same high quality content that our participants would expect. We are even planning to provide plenary speakers from both sides of the Atlantic.

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, TIDE Sprint continues to bring together operators, managers, industry and academia to share, exchange and explore ideas to help the Alliance stay at the forefront of technological change. Each TIDE Sprint track is led by an experienced Subject Matter Expert and supported by a NATO community of interest that fully understands the operators’ needs. Their role is to ensure that NATO’s war-fighters are ready to succeed in future NATO missions.

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 tide@act.nato.int, 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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