STAVANGER, Norway – Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander NATO Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), and his Special Advisor, Commodore Knut Rief Armo, made a courtesy call to General Eirik Kristoffersen, Norwegian Chief of Defence, on February 14, 2022 to discuss areas of mutual interest.

General Kristoffersen was joined by Vice Admiral Elisabeth Natvig, Chief of Defence Staff.

Following a mission brief by Major General Tonje Skinnarland, the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) Operations, Major General Malinowski and Commodore Armo received a brief about the current practices related to the Norwegian Total Defence concept, and then participated in a roundtable discussion.

The visit programme also included a brief about Exercise COLD RESPONSE 2022, which is scheduled for March and April 2022 under the lead of Norwegian Joint Headquarters. One of the largest exercises this year, COLD RESPONSE 2022 will bring together approximately 35,000 troops from 28 Nations.

The Norwegian exercise programme period 2023-26 was another focus area during the visit.

Major General Malinowski stated the meeting with General Kristoffersen and his senior staff was very productive.

“I am thankful for the opportunity afforded by General Kristoffersen for today’s engagement. We discussed key issues with our host nation partner, especially with regards to our cooperation in some of the upcoming exercises and training events, which are all a clear demonstration of Allied commitment and solidarity.”

Major General Malinowski added: “I also thanked General Kristoffersen for the great host nation support extended to the Joint Warfare Centre by Norway, which is of tremendous importance to our mission.”

Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC, visited the Defence Staff in Oslo on 14 February 2022, here with Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Elisabeth Natvig, and Chief of Defence, General Eirik Kristoffersen. Photo by Torbjørn Kjosvold


NATO Joint Warfare Centre was established on October 23, 2003, in Jåttå, Stavanger, Norway, subordinate to Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT), in Norfolk, Virginia, the United States.

The Joint Warfare Centre achieved its Full Operational Capability in 2006.

As NATO’s footprint in the Northern European region, the Joint Warfare Centre is responsible for planning, developing, and delivering operational- and strategic-level training and exercises that challenge NATO Command and Force Structure headquarters, while simultaneously supporting NATO warfare development through doctrine, concept development, innovation, and experimentation efforts.

In doing so, the JWC is at the heart of NATO’s transformational activities and warfare development, ensuring the high readiness and successful interoperability of the NATO Command and Force Structure headquarters in a rapidly evolving and complex global security environment.


NATO Joint Warfare Centre, photo by JWC PAO