More than 400 specialists representing 26 allied and partner nations as well as various NATO agencies gathered in Bydgoszcz to complete preparations for the execution of this year’s Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination eXcerscise (CWIX). The Final Coordination Conference started on 21 March.
“The Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) has been the home for CWIX since 2011. The exercise remains one of our key events every year” – said Major General Wilhelm Grün, the centre’s Commander, in his opening remarks. He also highlighted the continued progress of the federated approach in the exercise and expressed his interest in the outcome of discussions within cyber domain that will enrich this year’s event. “I am glad that the FCC takes place also in Bydgoszcz. This will give you a good overview of the centre and its capacities that you will be able to profit from during the execution” – added General Grün.
Also the CWIX Director, Commander Holger Grossmann, representing the Allied Command Transformation, the main organizer of the exercise, welcomed the participants of the conference. He put emphasis on a very high number of participants of the FCC as a forecast of the size of the CWIX in June. “We have 26 nations and 242 capabilities so far (…) It is going to be a huge exercise.” – added Commander Grossmann.
The Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination eXcerscise is an annual North Atlantic Council endorsed, Military Committee directed and Consultation, Command and Control Board guided Bi-Strategic Commands programme. While the Allied Command Transformation is responsible for guidelines and management of the project, NATO and Partner Nations sponsor interoperability capabilities with specific objectives. For years CWIX has enhanced the technical interoperability of CIS between NATO and Partner Nations. It also improves the resilience of NATO and national networks, capabilities for current and future NATO operations as well as information sharing capabilities and C3 functions between NATO, Allies, and non-NATO entities.
For the seventh year in a row the event will be held at JFTC. Throughout the years the centre proved to be a state-of-the-art platform for experimentation, remaining on the cutting edge of enhancing NATO’s ability to defend the Alliance and project stability.