The Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) was established on 23 October 2003 at Jåttå, Stavanger, Norway, subordinate to Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) in Norfolk, Virginia, the United States.
The JWC is the premier training establishment of the NATO Alliance at the Operational-level. The Centre achieved its Full Operational Capability in 2006.
The JWC is a multi-national and multi-service NATO organization with more than 250 military and civilian personnel from 15 NATO Nations: Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Romania, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Since August 2015, the JWC has organized into a highly agile matrix organization with a new training infrastructure that is designed to support, in the most effective way, the Centre’s warfare development efforts through its computer-assisted Command Post Exercise (CPX) planning and delivery. Click here to view JWC's Organization.
The JWC is also the first organization in NATO to actively focus and develop its organizational culture with high-performing, cross functional teams, which the JWC calls its “One Team” ethos to better support its mission and outputs.
"The JWC is the primary ways and means of delivering the SACT Vision of Alliance Military Transformation for the joint Operational-level of warfare. Be in no doubt that each of our activities, be it contributing to innovation and concept development through to staging ambitious and realistic training and exercises, directly maps to the evolving Alliance objectives. Warfare is all our business."
Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander JWC (2017)
The JWC provides NATO's focal point for supporting the preparations for readiness of units in the full spectrum of joint Operational-level warfare by planning and executing static and distributed joint Operational-level training, in accordance with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR's) requirements.
In addition, the JWC supports concept development and the maintenance of joint Operational doctrine and standards, and coordinates the integration into exercises of experimentation and capability development in order to maximize Transformational efforts to improve NATO's interoperability, capabilities and operational effectiveness.
JWC's principal mission is to train NATO Command Structure (NCS) and NATO Force Structure (NFS) headquarters at the Operational-level to ensure they remain interoperable and fully integrated.
The Centre is the main enabler of NATO’s Command Post and Computer Assisted Exercises (CPX/CAX) and it is the only NATO organization that creates, maintains and develops synthetic battlespace scenarios used for many National and NATO Joint Force Command certification exercises.
As part of its unique "Warfare" enterprise, the JWC supports NATO’s Joint Warfare Development through analysis and doctrine development processes, integration of new concepts and doctrine, experimentation as well as collecting, analysing and sharing Lessons processes.
The JWC assists Allied Command Operations (ACO) in evaluating joint force training and has formal links with both Strategic Commands as well as national and multinational training centres.
In 2012, the JWC moved into its new training facility, which was a ground-breaking transformational concept for NATO. Built on an area of 13,390 square meters, the five-storey building gives the Centre a state-of-the-art CAX-based training, warfare and conference facility. As such, the JWC has the capability to train two headquarters in two Combined Joint Operations Centres (CJOCs) simultaneously, with exercise participation of 1,200 people, including the Exercise Control (EXCON) with full communication and information systems' (CIS) support.
At JWC, NATO forces are able to conduct focused, realistic and demanding training, integrating all aspects of Operational-level planning and execution, using turn-key facilities and leading-edge Media Simulation and CAX capabilities. And, all this is available to NATO and Partners with surprising affordability and cost efficiency, thanks to outstanding support from our host nation, Norway.
One of NATO’s most unique organizations, the JWC’s motto is “Training NATO. Advancing Doctrine. Integrating Concepts”. With its training facility in Jåttå, operational since 2012, hosting one of NATO’s most advanced Information Technology (IT) platforms and providing a training capacity of 1,200 people, the JWC today stands out as one of the world’s most state-of-the-art operational training centres.
Since October 2003, the JWC has trained nearly 64,000 personnel from NATO Member and Partner Nations.
"The JWC sustains and enhances its role as the premier provider and enabler in NATO for innovation and exercises at the joint operational level of warfare, for the headquarters of the NATO Command and the NATO Force Structures, and when ordered, to any other headquarters of the Alliance. The JWC must continue to be at the heart of evolving NATO Joint Warfare Development, delivering Transformation through exercises to meet NATO's future warfare requirements. This is, and will continue to be, delivered by the JWC whole force 'One Team' who are the only thing that makes us who we are."
Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander JWC (2017)
JWC Mission Areas
The JWC provides NATO's training focal point for full spectrum joint Operational-level warfare. The Centre's main output is, as such, its Operational-level exercises. At any one time, the JWC could be planning up to six different exercises as far as two to three years out into the future. The JWC serves as the main hub for the coordination and planning of these exercises. The Centre:
- Trains NATO forces (joint/combined staffs of the NATO Command Structure/NATO Force Structure Headquarters) at the Operational-level in order to enhance interoperability and operational effectiveness.
- Provides and conducts NATO Response Force (NRF) certification exercises.
- Provides collective training support to Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), at all stages of the planning, execution and analysis, in accordance with the Bi-Strategic Military Training and Exercise Programme.
- Supports NATO's Warfare Development through concept integration and doctrine development and coordinates integration of experimentation and capability development.
- Contributes fully to NATO’s Lessons processes and ensures Transformational outputs are integrated into collective training events.
- Supports adherence to Joint Operational Warfare doctrine and standards.
- Creates, maintains and develops NATO’s synthetic training scenarios.
- Provides state-of-the-art computer simulation (CAX) and media simulation capabilities.
JWC's 11 Unique Training Enterprises
The following enterprises are organic to the JWC:
- Scenario: Complex, comprehensive and realistic scenarios, which reflect a range of current and emerging spectrum of threats.
- Main Events List/Main Incidents List (MEL/MIL) Script: The exercise storylines, incidents and operational dilemmas to challenge the Training Audiences.
- CAX: Computer Assisted Exercises, which replicate the Training Audience's subordinate units on the ground, in the air and on the sea.
- Training Teams: Experienced and adaptable Training Teams committed to help the Training Audiences meet the challenges of the exercise and share best practice and current NATO doctrine.
- CIS Support: Cutting-edge CIS computer support to provide a seamless experience plus support to provide a seamless experience plus support for the major real-world functional area systems.
- Opposing Forces (OPFOR): A credible and challenging OPFOR designed to challenge the Training Audiences in the exercise.
- White/Grey Cell: Replicating the Host Nation, international organizations and non-governmental organizations with highly competent external staff who bring real-life experience from the field.
- Exercise Control (EXCON): A robust EXCON organization located within the JWC, which steers the coordination and execution of the exercise during the execution stage.
- Real Life Support (RLS): Recognizes across NATO as one of the most streamlined RLS services ensuring the Training Audiences and external participants that come to the JWC are well met and looked after so that they can focus 100 per cent on their participatin in the exercises.
- Higher Control (HICON): An integral part of EXCON that duplicates and imitates political and strategic processes as required, and serves to create an environment where Training Audiences can meet their training objectives.
- Media: Provides the Training Audiences a complex and challenging information battlespace that is unmatched anywhere in NATO.
Joint Warfare Centre
Training NATO. Advancing Doctrine. Integrating Concepts.