On June 8, the United States and Sweden signed a statement of intent to collaborate more closely on defense matters. The statement notes that in addition to expanding dialogue and information sharing, the two nations will focus on increasing interoperability through training.
Interoperability through training is increasingly crucial for the United States, especially as C4I technology advances. Twenty years ago, C4I technology primarily consisted of radio voice communication. Today, digital communication has been incorporated, which requires additional coordination between soldiers and between systems. These extra logistical layers call for more frequent training exercises.
At the same time, training exercises are becoming easier to conduct. Soldiers no longer need to be in the same place to enact a scenario; now, they can connect via servers and shared operational pictures. The ease of distributed training ensures that troops get the preparation they need to be combat ready. This trend also points to a greater number of international training exercises in the future.
More frequent training exercises also provide more opportunities to further develop C4I systems. Through after-action reviews, soldiers can determine what worked about the systems that were used, and what could be improved.
With all of these circumstances combined, the time is right to enhance interoperability through training. We anticipate great success as Sweden and the United States move towards this goal and strengthen their relationship.
VP of Marketing and Sales for C4I and Combat Systems, Saab North America