More than 250 military Computer and Information Systems capabilities, 1000 specialists working hand in hand at the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) and over 11 000 tests - the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation and eXamination eXercise (CWIX) has just come to an end. On 28 June the event was summed up and officially closed by Major General Wilhelm Grün, the JFTC Commander, and Commander Holger Grossmann, the CWIX Director.

NATO’s largest annual interoperability event featured participants from 26 nations and 88 commands. They challenged assumptions and tested NATO’s abilities to create an interoperable Alliance that is stronger than the sum of its parts. The “Try. Fail. Fix. Try Again.” approach at CWIX allowed for ensuring that different systems will perform together properly when needed. In addition to greater efficiency, improving interoperability provides significant cost benefits to NATO nations as members pool and share resources.

One of this year’s highlights was testing within the cyber environment. Consistent with NATO’s new cyber domain, CWIX engineers and testers designed interoperable capabilities. The exercise prepared nations to react to cyber-related issues as a federated Alliance.

As every year, CWIX drew attention of many leading figures, who arrived in Bydgoszcz to explore the NATO interoperability event. JFTC hosted the Honourable Rose Gottemoeller, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Tomasz Szatkowski, the Undersecretary of State in the Polish Ministry of National Defence, General Denis Mercier, the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Lieutenant General Steven M. Shepro, the Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee, members of the North Atlantic Council and Military Committee (click here to learn more about the visit), more than 200 high ranking visitors during the Visitors’ Day and VIP Day and also Officers from the Polish War Studies University.

“All 29 Allies – and many more partners around the world – need to be able to operate seamlessly across a wide spectrum of activities and missions,” said the Honourable Rose Gottemoeller, NATO’s Deputy Secretary-General, during the North Atlantic Council and Military Committee visit to CWIX on 22 June. “And the exercise will help us do exactly that.”

Innovative solutions tested at CWIX create solutions to NATO’s interoperability challenges and ensure that NATO maintains the technological edge to stay ahead of its potential adversaries. 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. It recognizes that one NATO is stronger than the sum of its parts.

Allied Command Transformation, NATO’s home in North America, manages the CWIX event as a pillar of the ongoing transformation of the Alliance and its Partners to deter potential adversaries, defend the Alliance and project stability.