Griffin Shock 23 strengthens NATO readiness through cloud-enabled applications

By Enterprise Cloud Management Agency Public AffairsJune 1, 2023

BEMOWO PISKIE, POLAND – During the 13-20 May 2023 Griffin Shock Exercise, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment showcased its cloud-based solution with the use of the Android Tactical Awareness Kit (ATAK) and Instant Connect Enterprise (ICE).

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 1st Platoon, Archer Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Calvary Regiment, participate in a fire support coordination exercise as part of Griffin Shock 23 held at Bemowo Piskie, Poland, May 18, 2023. As the framework nation in Poland, Exercise Griffin Shock demonstrates the U.S. Army's ability to assure the NATO alliance by rapidly reinforcing the NATO Battle Group Poland to a brigade-size unit. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Agustín Montañez)
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U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Field Artillery Brigade, V corps, engage targets with a pair of high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) during Exercise Griffin Shock 23 live fire event in Bemowo Piskie, Poland, May 19, 2023. As the framework nation in Poland, Exercise Griffin Shock demonstrates the U.S. Army’s ability to assure the NATO alliance by rapidly reinforcing the NATO Battle Group Poland to a brigade size unit. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. John Schoebel)
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Field Artillery Brigade, V corps, engage targets with a pair of high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) during Exercise Griffin Shock 23 live fire event in Bemowo Piskie, Poland, May 19, 2023. As the framework nation in Poland, Exercise Griffin Shock demonstrates the U.S. Army’s ability to assure the NATO alliance by rapidly reinforcing the NATO Battle Group Poland to a brigade size unit. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. John Schoebel) (Photo Credit: Sgt. John Schoebel) VIEW ORIGINAL

Griffin Shock is an exercise designed to prepare U.S. Army V Corps and NATO Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC-NE) with the rapid expansion of NATO Multinational Battlegroup Poland in support of NATO deterrence initiatives such as bolstering readiness, responsiveness, and reinforcement.

This exercise emphasized the 2nd Cavalry Regiment's cloud-based solution to provide sensitive but unclassified command and control, real-time language translation services in cARMY.

With the participation of over 3,000 troops from multiple nations, the application enabled the 2nd Cavalry Regiment to bolster readiness, responsiveness, and reinforcement and strengthen NATO partnerships.

"The use of the cloud allows for rapid and flexible interoperability of NATO allies no matter where they reside on the technological scale. Future data-centric use cases will allow for the greatest amount of control with the most flexibility allowing NATO commanders to detect, decide, deliver, and assess across formations at the speed of technology," said U.S. Army Col.  John J Hosey, Security Cooperation and Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities Director, G3, V Corps.

CARMY cloud facilitates the highest goal of integrated interoperability. As the cloud technology matures in the military domain, commanders are leaps closer."

Griffin Shock 23 tested the 2nd Cavalry Regiment's ability to swiftly expand the NATO Multinational Battlegroup Poland, thereby reinforcing NATO deterrence initiatives.

The exercise featured diverse training events, including combined arms live fire exercises, air assault operations, and urban warfare training. Through these dynamic scenarios, troops from the U.S., Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Romania demonstrated their capacity to operate seamlessly in a joint environment.

The key outcomes of Griffin Shock 23 were twofold. First, it validated the rapid response capabilities of NATO forces and ensured their ability to swiftly deploy and mobilize in Eastern Europe if needed. This enhanced readiness serves as a crucial deterrent against potential threats, contributing to the overall security of NATO member nations.

Secondly, the exercise underscored the unwavering commitment of NATO members to the collective defense and protection of their allies. The exercise further demonstrated the solidarity and resolve of partnered nations to deter any aggression toward the alliance.

"Griffin Shock 23 served as a powerful testament to the readiness and capabilities of NATO forces when leveraging the cloud at the tactical edge. This multinational exercise successfully tested the rapid expansion of the NATO Multinational Battlegroup Poland, bolstering NATO's ability to respond effectively to emerging security challenges. By reinforcing the alliance and deterring potential threats, Griffin Shock 23 ensured the collective defense and safeguarding of NATO member nations," said U.S. Army Col. Michael R. Kaloostian, U.S. Army Europe and Africa, G6 deputy.

"Cloud-based capabilities and applications like ATAK and ICE enable seamless and assured communications with our partners and a shared understanding of the operational environment. This level of fidelity and speed are necessary to coordinate and deconflict high-intensity conflict. Future success depends on being able to accomplish this in a Denied, Disrupted, Intermittent and Limited environment," Kaloostian said.