STAVANGER, Norway – NATO Joint Warfare Centre’s (JWC) annual Continuous Improvement Workshop, which was formerly called Vision 2025, kicked off with an All-Hands Call on April 4, 2022.
For the last two years, the workshop has provided a roadmap for the JWC, allowing the staff to develop short and long-term goals and timelines based on the Centre’s four project lines under the following themes: collective training, warfare development, professional development, and organization.
The aim is to spur a culture of change throughout the organization and adapt for the future.
Speaking at the All-Hands Call, Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC, said: “Continuous Improvement is the path to our future. It allows the entire staff to be consulted and it is the opportunity for us to make a difference together as one team.”
The Commander added: “Today, NATO faces major challenges in navigating a complex world and we need to understand the most pressing priorities and needs. We do not exist in a vacuum. We are here to make NATO better through high-quality training and warfare development. In this journey, our aim is to ensure that the JWC is fit for the future. In doing so, we can offer even more to our customers.”
A workshop of activities was dedicated for each project line, some of which also split into sub-syndicates for further detailed work.
During the event, the participants discussed current issues and progress, and shared insights into how to adapt to future requirements. A read-back session was held by each syndicate at the end of each day, which will be included in the action plan brief provided to the JWC Commander in late April.
Lieutenant Colonel David Ethell, JWC’s Content Branch Head and the lead of the core team, highlighted the achievements of the workshop to date, which include, amongst other projects, the creation of the JWC’s Wargaming Branch.
Ethell said: “The success of the Vision 2025 programme has been down to the engagement of the JWC’s staff. Our rebranding of the project as 'JWC Continuous Improvement' better reflects the process. And the responses to this year’s staff survey indicate that our staff want to be involved in making the JWC better.”
"Today, NATO faces major challenges in navigating a complex world and we need to understand the most pressing priorities and needs. We are here to make NATO better through high-quality training and warfare development.
In this journey, our aim is to ensure that the JWC is fit for the future."
Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC
The first day of the workshop focused on collective training, cultivating subject matter knowledge, advancing warfare development, and promoting intellectual innovation to shape the future.
Colonel Peter Teeuw, JWC Opposing Forces (OPFOR) Branch Head and Collective Training Project Line leader, said, “Having a moment to step back and think if we are doing the right things is important. Doing this with the involvement of the whole staff is golden, because there is so much knowledge and experience at the JWC.”
The second day of the workshop focused on professional development and organization.
Paul Sewell, who is responsible for the JWC’s ongoing development of the organization and One Team programme, underlined that the Centre’s One Team ethos was vital to identify key issues to become a more efficient and effective organization, while contributing to the future development of the JWC.
The key topics of the day were digital transformation and improving the connections within the staff.
Sewell explained: “This week is designed to bring the staff outside of the normal battle rhythm to stop and reflect on our future. Now in our third year, its proving to be time well spent helping staff realize that they each play a part of the JWC’s future. It is exciting to see what people come up with when they are given the time to think outside their normal routine."
Overall, as stated at the last year’s event by Colonel Adam Lackey, JWC’s Programme Director 1, the workshop is a “continuous process to institutionalize change culture within the command" as systemic change is critical to the JWC’s ability to deliver collective training and warfare development for the Alliance, today and for years to come.
The success of the Vision 2025 programme has been down to the engagement of the JWC’s staff. Our rebranding of the project as “JWC Continuous Improvement” better reflects the process. The responses to this year’s staff survey indicate that our staff want to be involved in making the JWC better.
Photos from the workshop
Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC
Lieutenant Colonel David Ethell
Colonel Peter Teeuw leading the collective training workshop
Paul Sewell briefing at the professional development workshop
A briefing at the warfare development workshop
A briefing at the organization workshop