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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. 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 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 Sprint, Fall 2019

TIDE Sprint – What’s in it for you!

At TIDE Sprint ‘everything starts with an idea’. This is the spirit of the Think-Tank for Information Decision and Execution (TIDE) Sprint, NATO’s premier think-tank event for solving tomorrow’s interoperability challenges today. At TIDE Sprint operators, engineers, scientists and managers take forward in a single week what would otherwise take the Alliance many months to achieve. The 34th TIDE Sprint takes place in Virginia Beach, VA, USA from October 21st to 25th. Once again TIDE Sprint will focus on Data Science, this time with a broader Artificial Intelligence (AI) theme that will encompass aspects of Machine Learning. AI will undoubtedly change future warfare and the nature of tomorrow’s battlefield. ACT, as NATO’s Warfare Development Command will respond to these challenges by ensuring that credible and fully interoperable warfighting capability are available to support future Alliance missions. Like the 33 TIDE Sprint events before, many of the ideas that come out of this TIDE Sprint will become an integral part of NATO’s warfare development agenda.

During the upcoming TIDE Sprint, plenary sessions will include experts from industry and academia who will look forward 20 years to provide insights into the implications of AI technology and how it will change the global security landscape. They will also help determine ethical constraints of AI and what the future impact of AI will be on humans and the ability to make decisions. This will set the stage for a deep-dive into Machine Learning to identify short-term issues and actions that need to be considered now for NATO to take full advantage of this emerging and rapidly evolving technology. A final plenary session entitled ‘A Hidden History of Silicon Valley’ will argue that technology disruption has a geopolitical context, and the Research & Development advances of global companies now drive the agenda for smart governments and militaries.

TIDE Sprint Plenary Sessions are merely a precursor for the track sessions that follow. This TIDE Sprint has 13 tracks, each led by a subject matter expert who will guide participants through an agenda designed to advance NATO’s understanding of complex issues. Demonstrations of future technology and ‘hands on’ experiences will allow participants to better understand the complexity of tomorrow’s security landscape. A key element of all TIDE Sprint events is the emphasis placed on interoperability and Federated Mission Networking (FMN). As with previous events, this TIDE Sprint will provide opportunities to enhance participants’ understanding of FMN and to develop future FMN specifications so that day zero interoperability becomes a reality.

TIDE Sprint explores many different aspects of NATO Command and Control focusing on improvements to interoperability between allied and partner forces. Here are a few examples of what to expect:

  • A demonstration of future SATCOM capability and the use of 5G technologies in NATO operations
  • A demonstration of the Cyberspace Domain Awareness concept and further development of the Cyberspace Operations Recognized Picture
  • Developing ideas for data centric security at the tactical edge
  • Architectural support to the Tactical Edge; Communications and Technology tracks
  • Engagement and awareness of FMN across most TIDE Sprint tracks
  • Updating the Federated Service Management policy and doctrine
  • Developing best practice to ‘measure’ improvements in Alliance interoperability
  • A Virtual Reality roadmap to enhance development of future logistics
  • Understanding operational benefits and risks of AI in maritime environment
  • A discussion on telehealth development in NATO
  • Better understanding of communications and security at the tactical level
  • A deep dive into Machine Learning

TIDE Sprint is open to NATO, partner nations and other organisations; there is still time to register and participate in the fall 2019 event. Additional information about event administration, registration, past presentations and reports are available on the password protected TIDEPEDIA website. For access to Tidepedia, please contact Representatives from Industry and Academia are encouraged to participate but require sponsorship from NATO or from a national government or military representative.

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.

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, 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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