By Paolo Franchi
NATO Coalition Warrior Interoperability exploration, experimentation, examination, exercise (CWIX) 2017: exercise plan for the NATO-CMRE-GliderC2 capability participation. Vicen Bueno, Raul; Cimino, Giampaolo; Cecchi, Daniele; Merani, Diego; Soto, José; Berni, Alessandro. CMRE-FR-2017-001. April 2017.
This report describes the Exercise Plan for CMRE participating in the NATO Exercise CWIX 2017 (Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise). CMRE will participate with its scientific capability GliderC2 (Underwater Glider Command and Control). This capability is a framework being able to provide live observations from the sea by using unmanned vehicles. Live NU observations acquired by underwater gliders participating in the CMRE scientific sea-trial NREP17 (Nordic Recognized Environmental Picture 2017) will be provided at NS level. NU glider positions/contacts and intended tracks will be provided to C2, Common Operational Picture (COP), Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) and Geospatial, Meteorological and Oceanographic (GEOMETOC) capabilities in near real-time. Forecasts of oceanographic variables (e.g. water temperature, salinity) with glider observation assimilation will be provided as well. Information will be provided through robust and interoperable standards and web-services, which allows CMRE automating the process of information provision to NATO and national capabilities. The main challenge for CMRE in CWIX 2017 will be the remote C2 of live unmanned robots (underwater gliders) from operational commands/sites, such as the NATO Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where CWIX takes place. This is the first time ever this happens in this NATO exercise. Final users, such as commanders, operators, could have the change to C2 unmanned underwater robots operating at 2,500+ km of distance from JFTC in near real-time at NU level. Mission requirements will be acquired by a web-service running at NS level. The collected information will be automatically provided in near real-time to C2, COP, JISR and GEOMETOC capabilities at NS level using interoperable standards for web-services. Another important challenge for CMRE participation in CWIX 2017 is the virtualization of the NATO-CMRE-GldierC2 capability. This is aligned with the NATO policy on efficiency and efficacy on capability deployment in exercises and operations. This is another step forward operationalization of this capability. CMRE will be contributing into the NATO Recognized Environmental Picture (REP) and Recognized Maritime Picture (RMP) concepts being tested in CWIX 2017. Live observations from the gliders and forecasts of oceanographic variables for the REP, and live positions/contacts and intended tracks of the gliders from the underwater domain for the RMP will be provided. CMRE will be the unique provider of such information in both concepts.