More than 500 specialists representing 35 Allied and Partner Nations as well as various NATO agencies came to the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) to complete preparations for the execution of 2019 Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination eXcerscise (CWIX). The Final Coordination Conference was held between 12 and 15 March.
JFTC is the home of CWIX since 2011. Throughout the years, the Centre hosted thousands of engineers, scientists, technicians and operators who pushed the boundaries to solve interoperability challenges. Being the Alliance’s biggest annual event of this type, CWIX falls into one of JFTC’s main tasks – support to NATO’s warfare development. This was underlined by Brigadier General Ladislav Jung, the JFTC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, who officially opened the Final Coordination Conference and emphasized CWIX role in NATO current and future engagements. The General also encouraged participants to fully use JFTC’s capacities in final preparations for execution of the exercise in June.
With over 500 attendants, this year’s Final Coordination Conference was the biggest in the CWIX history. Thus it is expected that also 2019 CWIX execution will be one of the most remarkable with regard to the number of participants and tested capabilities.
The Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination eXcerscise is an annual Bi-Strategic Commands’ programme endorsed by the North Atlantic Council, directed by the Military Committee and guided by the Consultation, Command and Control Board. While the Allied Command Transformation is responsible for guidance and management of the project, NATO and member nations sponsor interoperability capabilities. For years CWIX has enhanced the technical interoperability of communications and information systems between NATO and Partner Nations. It also improved the resilience of NATO and national networks and capabilities as well as information sharing and C3 functions among Allies and partners.