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CHIPS Articles: One NATO that is Stronger than the Sum of its Parts

One NATO that is Stronger than the Sum of its Parts
CWIX 2017 — representatives from 26 nations and 88 commands innovate, federate and improve the interoperability of systems
By Allied Command Transformation - June 20, 2017
As NATO’s largest annual interoperability event, more than 1,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and operators come together at the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) and push the boundaries to solve interoperability challenges by federating people, processes and technology.

During the next two weeks, more than 250 military capabilities will be tested in order to ensure that NATO and partner nations can operate together effectively to keep our nations safe.

The Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation and eXamination eXercise, otherwise known as ‘CWIX’, was officially opened by Major General Wilhelm Grün, JFTC Commander, and Commander Holger Grossmann, CWIX Director, on June 14, which marked the start of all testing activities.

Representatives from 26 nations and 88 commands innovate, federate and improve the interoperability of systems until June 29. Innovative solutions that are tested at CWIX create solutions to NATO’s interoperability challenges and ensure NATO maintains the technological edge to stay ahead of our potential adversaries.

CWIX equips participants through a collaborative environment to test advanced technical tools and keep a critical advantage over potential adversaries, including in the cyber domain. These tests help NATO achieve its core tasks and, ultimately, protect North American and European populations.

Building interoperability of new and existing capabilities enables our forces to work together as the foundation for all joint and multinational operations. Federating our mission networks results in improved strategic awareness of NATO and nations, recognizing that One NATO is stronger than the sum of its parts.

CWIX improves interoperability through intense collaboration, developing capabilities in a shorter period through cooperation, consultation and verification, and therefore improving the Alliance’s military capacity. Thousands of technical tests are planned and will be conducted through the next few weeks. This creates a unique environment for technicians to test, sometimes fail, but always fix and test again; all to improve operational effectiveness and readiness of deployed forces on ‘day zero’ of upcoming NATO or coalition operations.

CWIX is managed by NATO’s home in North America, Allied Command Transformation, as a pillar of the ongoing transformation of the Alliance and its partners to defend the Alliance and project stability. CWIX is hosted by the Joint Force Training Centre between June 12 and June 29.

CWIX logo. Innovative solutions that are tested at CWIX create solutions to NATO’s interoperability challenges and ensure NATO maintains the technological edge to stay ahead of our potential adversaries.
CWIX logo. Innovative solutions that are tested at CWIX create solutions to NATO’s interoperability challenges and ensure NATO maintains the technological edge to stay ahead of our potential adversaries.
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