We catch up with 4C Nordic MD Mikael Grape about working with the Swedish Armed Forces for 20 years, and how 4C’s training and management solution has grown to accommodate the needs of some of the world’s leading allied military forces.
How has 4C’s relationship with the Swedish Armed Forces changed?
Over the years we have moved in sync with the Swedish Armed Forces. When we began working together two decades ago, it was about taking the first steps into digital and moving away from planning training exercises with pen and paper. Today, we are leveraging large data sets to achieve objectives and supporting large-scale interoperability exercises.
What has the Swedish Armed Force’s role been in developing Exonaut?
As the first military entity to commission Exonaut®, they have been instrumental – many of the planning capabilities have been developed from this partnership. As more armed forces have been onboarded, such as the US Army and the British Army, new capabilities have been developed to meet their needs. This continues as market uptake continues to grow.
How does Exonaut contribute to the total defence of Sweden?
We support capability building to react to different obstacles, whether they are civil or military threats. On the military side, we supply Exonaut to the Swedish Armed Forces Joint Headquarters implementation program, where it’s used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and other entities in common interoperability projects run by the Armed Forces. On the civil side, Exonaut is, for instance, being used in multiple government agencies to counter the pandemic.
What is in the pipeline for Exonaut?
We’re integrating new technology to further support data-driven, fact-based decision-making. At the same time, we’re putting more control into the hands of Commanders. This should see a shift in Exonaut’s use in Sweden, from mainly large-scale dedicated exercises to include a broader exercise range where many more soldiers are impacted.
Why should other armed forces use Exonaut?
Exonaut doesn’t just enable and support exercises and training, it also provides structure. By leveraging data, it supports a systematic framework to meet objectives, while generating automated reports on future training requirements to achieve goals that weren’t met during exercises. It’s the only tool that can do this effectively, securely and consistently.