Transformation Through Training • Issue No: 11 • November 2018 • 13 Simulation Centre of Excellence.” – said Brigadier General Ladislav Jung, the JFTC Deputy Commander addressing the guests who explored the event during the VIP Day. JFTC at CWIX 2018 In 2018 JFTC took lead of Joint Vignettes Coordination Working Group (JVCWG) and the Operational Command Focus Area (OP CMD FA) both during preparationandexecutionofCoalitionWarrior Interoperability Exercise (CWIX) 2018. Within the controlled fictitious joint scenario, based on the NATO Skolkan scenario geography, preparation of the so called Joint Vignettes provided the operational background and drive for the interoperability testing activities. The scenario established a flow of communication and operational data between the OP CMD FA, acting as the deployed Joint HQ and other Focus Areas playing as Components Commands. One of the main objectives were to deliver the Joint Common Operational Picture (JCOP) merging the single services Recognized Pictures (RPs) and then to share the JCOP between peer Joint/Operational level systems within consolidated multinational Command and Control (C2) structure. Ground Picture, Maritime Picture, AirPictureandconceptualCyberPicturewere provided by Land, Maritime, Air and Cyber FAs respectively to be then merged into JCOP that was shared with the NATO Common Operational Picture (NCOP) system. Using Joint Common Operational Picture is useful for commanders to make critical decisions based on enhanced Situational Awareness therefore during CWIX18 JCOP was also enriched by leveraging available data from different sources including data feeds coming from the Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) trial Unified Vision 18 via establishing Information Exchange Gateway (IEG) link. Participation of many national systems within operational C2 architecture contributed to the improvement of interoperability of the tested systems during CWIX 18 and the great team spirit within Operational Command Focus Area and cooperation with other 15 CWIX FAs inspired many CWIX participants to find creative solutions to interoperability issues. It will be up to the nations to increase effectiveness of their national capabilities so that commanders of operations will be able to effectively perform end-to-end processes, manage and share information in a coalition environment. Operational experience and Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise at Joint Force Training Center in Bydgoszcz has demonstrated that the Federated Mission Network (FMN) is the best means to create common, mission-wide data and information sharing environment and is a key enabler to connect forces to help NATO and Partners to create and evolve interoperable capabilities as well as improve operational readiness and effectiveness. Besides enhancing current operational effectiveness of NATO, CWIX strives to improve future operational effectiveness through focused testing of technical capabilities, interoperability standards and optimized processes to reduce the time required to establish seamless secure information exchange in support of future mission C2. Federation comprised of the NATO Alliance, NATO Nations and several Non- NATO Nations and Organizations with ability to share the resources improves also the likelihood of achieving economies of scale and optimal readiness for any future Joint, Multinational, Coalition missions now and into the future. CWIX “family” grows year by year and JFTC team will be part of it next year, too. ■