STAVANGER, Norway – The Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) conducted the NATO Exercise Planning Course (EPC) from February 6 to 10 in Stavanger, Norway.

Supported by Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFC Brunssum) and the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), the course was designed to conform to the EPC run by the NATO School Oberammergau in Germany.

The primary aim of the course was to provide the participants a fundamental knowledge of NATO’s complex 18-month exercise planning process. It also provided an opportunity for the participants to enhance their ability to work together in a NATO joint and multinational environment.

The JWC-led EPC consisted of detailed presentations by the Centre's subject matter experts, discussion-based lectures, syndicate work, and practical exercises.

“The EPC is not only an opportunity for J7 planners, but also for personnel from all areas to understand how exercises are developed and delivered using resources across a headquarters’ staff. Additionally, it gives students a venue to establish and expand their network in the planning arena,” Commander Carl, the JWC’s course director said.