STAVANGER, Norway – Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander NATO Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), visited Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in late February.

This marks Major General Malinowski’s first visit to SHAPE since assuming command of the JWC on October 8, 2021.

During the scheduled visit, Major General Malinowski held office calls with the SHAPE Chief of Staff, Admiral Joachim Rühle, and the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) Strategic Development and Preparation, Major General Karol Dymanowski.

The parties exchanged views on the ongoing military adaptation of the Alliance and the JWC’s role in the evolving warfare development efforts, and discussed the development of the current security situation.

Furthermore, they highlighted the importance of the JWC’s mission to deliver complex exercises at the operational and strategic levels for the NATO Response Force (NRF) to ensure NATO collective defence.

Major General Malinowski also met with senior SHAPE staff and discussed the implementation of the concept for the Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area (DDA), and ongoing optimization of the NATO exercise programme.

The focus during the discussions was on setting the conditions to meet the increased ambition for NATO’s strategic and operational-level exercises to maximize NATO readiness.

Major General Maliowski highlighted two key initiatives developed by the JWC, namely, the wargaming design capability, which achieved its Full Operational Capability status on January 31, 2022, and the Joint Operations Planning Group (JOPG) Leader’s Workshop, which enhances understanding of the operational environment and operational-level planning.

Today, the JWC provides a “bridge” between Operations and Transformation as NATO’s trusted advisor, supporting NATO warfare development, experimentation, and concept development in all domains.

Major General Malinowski said: “The JWC is delighted with the relationship it has with SHAPE. While this is my first visit to SHAPE, I served as the Exercise Director for STEADFAST JUPITER 2021, during which SHAPE was one of our training audiences. It was also NATO’s largest and most challenging command post exercise last year. The visit to this strategic headquarters allowed me to meet with its leadership, explain our vision on how to better support NATO training, and hear directly how we can maximize our collaboration.”

The Commander added: “The JWC’s excellent collaboration with SHAPE to ensure NATO readiness perfectly reflects our motto, ‘Together! We make NATO better!’”


The focus was on setting the conditions to meet the increased ambition for NATO’s strategic and operational-level exercises to maximize NATO readiness.


Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) near Mons, Belgium. Photo courtesy of SHAPE PAO

About the Joint Warfare Centre

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.