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. 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