The SACT Seminar 2006 will be held June 20-22, 2006 in Stavanger, Norway. The Seminar Headquarters and conference sessions will be held at the Radisson SAS Atlantic Hotel in Centrum Stavanger. Additional conference sessions will be held at Joint Warfare Center training facilities.

NATO´s Infrastructure Committee has approved the funding for the Jåttå Permanent Office and Training Facility for the Joint Warfare Centre on 25 April 2006. The aim of this project is to build a facility using cutting edge technology to match the wide variety of requirements of staff coming from NATO´s operational level headquarters and JWC alike.

SPS CASTILLA LANGELAND 2006NATO exercise Steadfast Jackpot 2006 is currently taking place in two locations simultaneously: Stavanger, Norway at Joint Warfare Centre Ulsnes Training Facility and at a training area near Strasbourg, France. Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFC Brunssum), The Netherlands, is conducting the exercise. 

NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) will train and prepare the Commanders and staff assigned to Headquarters ISAF IX for the successful conduct of their mission, which will run from 03-15 March 2006 at its Ulsnes Training Facility. The Mission Rehearsal Training (MRT) will aim at developing the operational awareness and staff processes of Headquarters ISAF IX and will comprise the following training blocks: Individual Training, Key Leader Training, Mission Specific Training, Functional Area Training, Battle Staff Training, Mission Rehearsal Exercise and Counterpart Training.

Dual-hatted as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander-Transformation (SACT) and Commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), Air Force General Lance L. Smith paid a visit to the JWC on 6 February 2006. It was his first time to visit the JWC, where he was warmly welcomed by Air Marshal Walker, Director JWC and Vice Admiral Jan Reksten, Commander National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ).

Allied Warrior (AW 05) is a SHAPE/Allied Command Operations (ACO) Computer Assisted Exercise (CAX) designed to integrate and certify combat readiness for the Land- and Air components for the NRF rotation January-June 2006 (NRF VI).

The Iraqis visited Stavanger's police headquarters on Tuesday as a part of their Joint Warfare Centre key leader training. What left them speechless in the end was that the cells were cleaned to perfection and the surprisingly low number of officers on duty each day who in addition are unarmed.

STAVANGER, Norway On the 03 October twenty-eight key leaders from Iraq's security forces arrived in Stavanger. They are the third group to receive training at NATO Joint Warfare Center as part of NATO Training Mission to Iraq.

2005 JULY TRIPLEJ MEETINGHosted by Air Marshal Walker, Director JWC, the discussions aimed to identify the roles and responsibilities of the three Centres. Some of the other visitors were Rear Admiral Gerard Maurer, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Joint Experimentation, Exercises and Assasment, HQ SACT, Major General Peter Kuhnel, Director JFTC, Navy Captain Mike Lucarelli, CSI, HQ SACT, Colonel Jose Castelao, Chief of Staff, JALLC. 

NATO Parliamentary Assembly Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Security and Co-operation paid a visit to the Joint Warfare Centre/National Joint Headquarters Jatta on June 16, 2005.

The Chief of Staff of the Norwegian National Joint Headquarters, Brigadier General Gustavsen and the Chief of Staff of the Joint Warfare Centre, Brigadier General Mueller warmly welcomed the visitors and after the Command Briefing at NJHQ, they were briefed about Cold Weather Operations. According to NATO's New Command Structure, a number of nationally or multinationally sponsored Centres of Excellence will focus on specific military felds and Norway was selected as the Centre of Excellence for Cold Weather. The visitors then visited JWC's training facility at Ulsnes where the ISAF VIII Mission Rehearsal Training will be held from 10-23 June 2005.  

In order to accommodate the ever-increasing demand from the JWC staff and attain required standards, NATO's Senior Resource Board approved the construction of an interim office accommodation at the JWC. The construction has already started and work is continuing through the month of June.  When completed, the IOA will be able to accommodate 150 people. "The aim is to upgrade the internal structure of the JWC to fulfil its role to the best potential," said Maj Danielsen, who has been involved with the project since its birth.

JUNE 2005 RUMSFELD VISITDuring the visit to Norway, 7-8 June 2005, US Defence Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with Norwegian Defence Minister, Kristin Krohn Devold at the JWC/NJHQ Jatta to sign a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the reinforcement of Norway; to discuss multilateral security cooperation between the United States and Norway and the role of the Alliance's future security environment and NATO's role. After his visit to Norway, Mr Rumsfeld will travel to Brussels on Thursday, 9 June 2005, to participate to the North Atlantic Council (NAC) Defence Ministers' formal meeting that is held twice a year at the NATO Headquarters.

May 11, 2005, Sant Climent, Spain - NATO is testing and certifying NATO Joint Command Lisbon`s ability to stand up a Deployed Joint Task Force (DJTF) and Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters (CJTF). The NATO Response Force (NRF) will conduct operations during exercises that will start on 17 May and will end on 3 June 2005.

Air Marshal Walker, Director JWC, was joined with the Directors of the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), Bydgoszcz, Poland; and the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), Lisbon, Portugal during the Offsite Meeting at JWC's Training Facility in Ulsnes, 18-19 April 2005. The Offsite Meeting demonstrated viable means of information sharing between the three Centres on their way to Full Operational Capability. The Offsite aimed to identify the roles and responsibilities between the elements of the three Centres, to effectively manage how they deliver their products and eventually, to develop a shared understanding that link the products to the training objectives of the Operational Commanders.

In the continuing contribution to NATO’s training of Iraqi security forces, JWC provides a bilingual course, which covers the full spectrum of managing an operational-level headquarters; including crisis management, joint command and control of forces, the operational planning process, civil-military cooperation.

STAVANGER, Norway — 27 key leaders from Iraq’s security forces are training here at NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre (JWC). This is the second key leader course held at the Centre in support of NATO’s Iraqi Training Mission announced at the Istanbul Summit in June 2004, and is one of several training opportunities planned at NATO´s training and education facilities in 2005.

Conducted from 1-3 February 2005 in Norway, Exercise Allied Reach 2005 (AR 05) allowed over 300 representatives under the lead of the two NATO Strategic Commanders, U.S. Marine Corps General James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) and Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) to train in the context of the NRF implementation scenario.

The Acting Director of the Joint Warfare Centre, Major General Short, relinquished duties during a Change of Command Ceremony at Ulsnes.  Air Marshal Walker, UK Air Force, took over the Command of the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) from Major General Short, UK Army, in a Change of Command Ceremony at JWC’s Training Facilities in Ulsnes today.

On the second day of the Exercise Allied Reach 2005, participants worked in syndicates at the Joint Warfare Centre Training Facilities at Ulsnes.

According to Admiral Giambastiani, Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation (SACT), training is the key part of the transformation process.