USINDOPACOM Coalition Interoperability Forum

16-17 April 2019
Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter, Hawaii

Future conflicts involving the U.S. will not be small, U.S.-led counter-insurgency efforts. Maintaining peace will require regional coalitions of like-minded, capable, and interoperable partners. Efforts to achieve coalition interoperability efficacy have stagnated in the past 14 years. The U.S. needs to energize the community of interest, including commercial industry, academia, government, and military to accelerate these efforts. USINDOPACOM is hosting a coalition interoperability forum (CI Forum) to discuss major challenges impacting coalition interoperability to rapidly field warfighting capabilities.

During the CI Forum, industry/academia/government teams will address a coalition interoperability problem set and present innovative solutions to a senior review board consisting of USINDOPACOM and mission partner stakeholders. The solutions selected at the CI Forum will be included in rapid acquisition proposals by USINDOPACOM.

The USINDOPACOM Mission Partner Environment (MPE) Program[1] is a strategy and roadmap to guide implementation of responsive and sustainable SECRET and below bi-lateral and multi-lateral capabilities at operational and tactical levels to enable exercises and operations with allies and partners.

  • USINDOPACOM must have the ability to establish a mission environment with a set of undetermined partners within the mission response time without compromising data security. This needs to be understood and exercised regularly with various partners to ensure reliability during an actual crisis.
  • USINDOPACOM desires an open and unclassified forum to discuss and share technical solutions for coalition interoperability problems, both technical and doctrinal, that will increase stakeholder awareness of solutions that are mature, able to be fielded quickly, and immediately usable by partners for mission success.
  • USINDOPACOM currently provides proposal advocacy and project oversight to multiple programs that involve government (including national labs and R&D centers), industry, and academia (including university-affiliated research centers) stakeholders, using vehicles for rapid acquisition of mature tech or to perform collaborative R&D.


  • What solutions are available to the U.S. and mission partners from commercial industry (or will be available with technology maturation) that can provide interoperable mission capability at a verifiable lower price point than existing solutions? Consider performance, power, security, reusability, adaptability, flexibility, and scalability as trade-offs to cost.
  • The world has multiple international standards for information sharing. How does this community establish and govern shared international standards that will encourage commercial industry development and community research? Adopting components of existing standards is likely a key component as well as a small authoritative panel to set and oversee the implementation of standards.
  • What are some approaches/solutions for identity and access management (IDAM) that will support rapid, low-cost connection to mission enclaves using existing hardware infrastructure while supporting the goals for agility, cybersecurity, and flexibility to support coalition partners? How do we create an IDAM environment that can accept unexpected partners at mission speeds?


  • NOV  18 – JAN 19 Industry/Academia/FFRDC/UARC Opt-In registration for teaming
  • DEC 18 Abstract submission opens
  • 1 FEB 19 Registration opens for CI Forum
  • 15 FEB 19 Forum agenda is posted
  • 1 MAR 19 Abstract submission closes
  • 15 MAR 19 Notification/announcement of abstracts selected to present at CI Forum in Hawaii

Vehicles for R&D partnership and rapid acquisition, significant funding available through:


Email: info@ciforum.afcea.org