whoweare10.jpgThe Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) provides NATO's training focal point for full spectrum joint operational-level warfare. As such, the JWC is a full-spectrum, cross-functional warfare centre that delivers the highest-quality, joint operational-level computer-assisted Command Post Exercises (CAX/CPX) in order to prepare the Headquarters of the NATO Command and NATO Force Structures to be at their very best to tackle whatever operational challenges they may face.

The Joint Warfare Centre plans, prepares, and executes static and distributed joint operational level training in support of warfare development and warfighting readiness.

Furthermore, the Joint Warfare Centre supports concept development and the maintenance of joint operational doctrine and standards, and coordinates the integration of experimentation and capability development in order to maximize transformational efforts to improve NATO’s interoperability, capabilities and operational effectiveness.

The Centre contributes to developing and strengthening relationships and integration of national training and command organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as regional security organizations and partners, in accordance with established policy and principles.

The Joint Warfare Centre also creates, develops, and maintains fictitious settings and scenarios to support current and future exercises that meet all of the challenges and threats the NATO Alliance faces, and integrates Transformational Activities into those exercises, as directed by HQ SACT.

Since 2003, the Execution Phase (Phase IIIB) of the exercises directed by the Joint Warfare Centre has involved nearly 79,000 personnel from NATO Member and Partner Nations.

The Joint Warfare Centre's principal mission is to train NATO Command Structure (NCS) and NATO Force Structure (NFS) headquarters at the operational-level to ensure they remain interoperable and fully integrated.

The Joint Warfare Centre is the main enabler of NATO’s Command Post/Computer Assisted Exercises (CPX/CAX) and it is the only NATO organization that creates, maintains and develops synthetic battlespace scenarios used for many National and NATO Joint Force Command certification exercises.

As part of its "warfare development" enterprise, the Joint Warfare Centre supports NATO’s evolving Warfare Development through analysis and doctrine development processes, integration of new concepts and doctrine, experimentation as well as collecting, analysing and sharing Lessons processes.


Key Mission Areas:

The Joint Warfare Centre is the premier training establishment of the NATO Alliance at the operational-level. The Centre strives to create complex and realistic exercises, which will provide the best training environment for its diverse Training Audiences. The Centre:

  1. Trains NATO forces (joint/combined staffs of the NATO Command Structure/NATO Force Structure Headquarters) at the operational-level in order to enhance interoperability and operational effectiveness
  2. Provides and conducts NATO Response Force (NRF) certification exercises
  3. Provides collective training support to Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), at all stages of the planning, execution and analysis, in accordance with the Bi-Strategic Military Training and Exercise Programme
  4. Supports NATO's Warfare Development through concept integration and doctrine development and coordinates integration of experimentation and capability development
  5. Contributes fully to NATO’s Lessons processes and ensures Transformational outputs are integrated into collective training events
  6. Supports adherence to Joint Operational Warfare doctrine and standards
  7. Creates, maintains and develops NATO’s synthetic training scenarios
  8. Provides state-of-the-art computer simulation (CAX) and media simulation capabilities