“Interoperability; the ability for multinational units to act together, is the foundation for all NATO operations.
TIDE Sprint examines the resilience and agility of operational Computer Information Systems capabilities
to improve interoperability and ensure that NATO and Partner Nations can operate together effectively
to keep our nations safe.”
Today’s strategic environment is defined by complexity and unpredictability, underlining the necessity for NATO to be more responsive, more resilient, and to work with a wide network of partners in a federation. It also means that NATO must be ready to face future security challenges, including the most demanding ones, to guarantee the freedom and security of its members. This can only be achieved by continually improving interoperability between people, processes and technology to improve the readiness and resilience of Alliance and Partner nations’ Command, Control, Capabilities and Information Technology Services (C2 Capabilities and IT Services). As the warfare development command for NATO this is a key role for Allied Command Transformation and allows NATO to achieve its core tasks of collective defence, crisis management, and cooperative security.
The ‘Think-Tank for Information and Decision Execution Superiority’ (TIDE) Sprint is part of an interoperability continuum of related events (including the Coalition Warrior eXploration, eXperimentation, eXploration, eXercise (CWIX) and the TIDE Hackathon) provided by ACT to improve interoperability between the NATO Enterprise, Alliance and the wider Federation. By bringing together these events, Allied Command Transformation paves the way for a more coherent approach to improving interoperability within the NATO federation.
TIDE Sprint is a forum for engineers, managers and operators, scientists and academics from national governments, military, industry and academia to collaborate, exchange ideas and innovate to reach common solutions to solve many of the most pressing C2 Capabilities and IT Service interoperability challenges faced by NATO. The concepts, requirements, specifications and ideas from TIDE Sprint will inform and take forward the capability development efforts and programs of work of the participating communities. They will also contribute to the Federated Mission Networking initiative to develop ‘day zero’ interoperability and improve operational resilience of NATO's command and control systems. During plenary sessions, participants engage with strategic experts with NATO, national, industry and academic experience to understand the high level challenges surrounding interoperability that may be operational, technical, architectural or even ‘human’ in nature. TIDE Sprints also explore requirements, recommendations and issues identified at previous CWIX events and TIDE Sprints, and is an opportunity to formulate challenges for the TIDE Hackathon events that take place every spring.
TIDE Sprints take every spring in Europe and every fall in the USA. They bring together inter-related communities of interest to share and exchange ideas. Each TIDE Sprint event has a number of ‘tracks’ each led by an experienced and motived subject matter expert who will consult widely to develop a track agenda that meets the needs of the community they represent. They will also ensure that, when necesary different communities of interest collaborate over common issues and challenges.
Photo Gallery - TIDESprint 2017