CWID 09 DETAILS
08 May 09. This year’s Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) UK will take place between 8 and 26 June at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Porton Down site. It will be the 15th consecutive year of participation for the UK in CWID, and the eighth that it has been hosted by Dstl.
CWID is a partnership between industry and the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Run as part of a wider US-led coalition, CWID allows new technology solutions to be trialled in a realistic, real-time environment with existing systems, giving MOD a unique opportunity to work closely with representatives from industry.
This year’s event aims to build on the success of previous years in meeting a strategic requirement for Network Enabled Capability (NEC). The NEC vision requires timely and relevant information to be available across the spectrum of command and operations. CWID aims to achieve this by analysing and identifying the issues surrounding the delivery of NEC. In particular, CWID UK is focused on examining the gaps that have emerged from current operations in order to signpost requirements for the capabilities MOD will require to meet the 2012 NEC milestone – ‘Inter-connection’.
For military command and control, access to the right information at the right time is vital for operational success. CWID assists MOD in identifying current technological solutions to capability gaps, reducing risks through trialling new technology and concepts, and identifies opportunities presented through innovative solutions. The event is realistic, relevant and coherent with MOD strategy and works in support of current and future operations.
26 trials will be demonstrating at this year’s event, with a focus that covers areas such as command and control, situational awareness, intelligence management and tasking and interoperability with Coalition forces. Amongst those giving demonstrations will be EDS, Fujitsu, Thales and QinetiQ.