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STAVANGER, Norway – NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) unveiled its new vision during an all-hands call on February 2.

 

The Centre’s new Vision is as follows:

“We will propel NATO’s readiness into the future by serving as a transformational hub that connects training and warfare development. We will provide immersive, realistic multi-domain training focused at the operational and strategic levels, and integrate cutting-edge technology into our exercises to keep the Alliance prepared for the challenges and threats of tomorrow.”

 

Three mission values support the JWC’s new vision: Adaptability, Collaboration, Excellence.

 

Providing the bridge between NATO’s two strategic commands, Allied Command Operations and Allied Command Transformation, and at the heart of NATO’s warfighting transformation, the JWC prioritizes the following lines of effort based on its new mission values:
 

1) Maintaining a dynamic balance between current expertise and responsiveness with a firm footing in doctrine but also a vigilant eye on the future,

2) Commitment to deepening partnerships with military, academic and civilian entities across the Alliance,

3) Continuous improvement and an uncompromising commitment to delivering quality with impact.

The JWC’s new vision is a result of a unified effort, which began during the autumn of 2023, and has been refined through many discussions with a team composed of all ranks and specialities.

Paul Sewell, the JWC’s lead for organizational development, said that the new vision highlighted the Centre’s renewed perspective on what it does and how it does it to make NATO better, while providing a roadmap for the future.

“The purpose of our vision is to bring us closer to the future we want to create, and we all play a part in this,” Sewell said. "It will serve as our north star, with our values driving us toward it."'

 

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“The purpose of our vision is to bring us closer to the future we want to create, and we all play a part in this. It will serve as our north star, with our values driving us toward it."'

 

The JWC is NATO's footprint in the Northern European region, which includes Scandinavia, the North Sea and the Baltic.

As NATO’s premier training establishment at the operational and strategic levels, the JWC is at the forefront of shaping the way NATO trains for the future.

Fully in line with SACT’s priority for 2024, “working on the fast and massive transformation of the Military Instrument of Power towards a multi-domain operations-enabled Alliance,” the JWC continues to support three of SACT’s five key deliverables for the Alliance, nations, and partners: Integrated Multi-Domain Defence, Cross-Domain Command and Layered Resilience.

The JWC’s key out­puts are twofold:

  • Collective Training and Exercises: Delivering NATO’s largest and most complex computer-assisted com­mand post exercises at the operational and strategic levels, the Centre supports both collective defence (Article 5) and crisis response operations (non-Ar­ticle 5), ensuring a high standard of preparedness.
     
  • Warfare Development: Serving as a hub for warfare development, the JWC ensures adherence to joint operational doctrine and standards, fosters experimentation, and supports the implementation of NATO’s lessons learned process.

Speaking about the JWC’s new forward-looking, multi-domain and interdisciplinary approach to its vision and mission, Wing Commander Tim Monk, Head of the JWC’s Resources, Analysis and Planning Branch, said:

“These are exciting times for the JWC; we have a critical role to play in the transformation of the Alliance and the vision sets out how we will achieve that in 2024 and beyond.”

With its new vision, mission values, and exercise series – STEADFAST DETERRENCE 2024, STEADFAST DUEL 2024 and STEADFAST DAGGER 2024 – the JWC is proud to serve its critical dual mission within NATO in pursuit of warfighting excellence, as the Alliance prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary on April 4.

Download the JWC Factsheet here.

 

“These are exciting times for the JWC; we have a critical role to play in the transformation of the Alliance and the vision sets out how we will achieve that in 2024 and beyond.”

 

JWC Military Member of the Year 2023, SACT and JWC Recognition Awards

During the all-hands call, United States Air Force Master Sergeant Daniel Burner was announced as the Centre's Military Member of the Year (MMOY) 2023.

Master Sergeant Burner received the prestigious award from Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC, and Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL), Senior Chief Warrant Officer Andrzej Woltmann.

Major General Malinowski thanked Master Sergeant Burner for his dedication and outstanding work for the JWC, serving as a member of the Support Directorate. The Commander presented Master Sergeant Burner with the Letter of Commendation, a MMOY plaque and a Commander's Coin.

 

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Master Sergeant Daniel Burner receives his Letter of Commendation from Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC, Feb. 2, 2024


“To be recognized as the Military Member of the Year is a tremendous honour, one that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Master Sergeant Burner, adding: “It is truly humbling to know that among the exceptional non-commissioned officers at the Joint Warfare Centre, my peers saw fit to bestow upon me this recognition.”

The JWC’s MMOY programme aims to recognize the vital role played by the JWC’s enlisted personnel.

“I am reminded of the immense responsibility that comes with being a NATO non-commissioned officer. We represent our nations, services, and are entrusted with the crucial role of being the relied upon technical specialists in our respective career fields. It is a privilege that I do not take lightly. I am immensely proud to serve at the Joint Warfare Centre and to represent the dedicated non-commissioned officers within our organization,” Master Sergeant Burner said.

Elaborating on his gratitude to his branch and the entire JWC family, Master Sergeant Burner noted: “Since my arrival in 2022, I have been fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues and superiors who have supported and encouraged me every step of the way. I am excited to continue my journey with the JWC, working together as a united team to pursue excellence.”

During the all-hands call, 48 staff members were recognized for their exceptional service to the JWC by Major General Malinowski.

Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Radu and Lieutenant Colonel Eric were awarded the SACT Recognition Awards.

 

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