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Warfare Development in Focus

The Joint Warfare Centre declares Full Operational Capability for wargame design

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NATO Joint Warfare Centre’s (JWC) wargame design capability celebrated its Full Operational Capability (FOC) status on January 31, 2022 in a ceremony here, following an intense Initial Operational Capability (IOC) period.

“In August 2019, the JWC started the journey of creating a wargame design capability to offer a flexible and agile training and education tool to the Alliance,” said Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC.

“Declaring internal Full Operational Capability today does not mean that we will stop developing this capability. We are tightly integrated into the longer term effort to define and deliver a formal wargaming capability package to NATO through Supreme Allied Commander Transformation’s (SACT) Warfare Development Agenda.”


Interview: The Gender Perspective at the Operational Level

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British Air Force Squadron Leader Diana Bird is a member of the Joint Warfare Centre's Training Advisory Team and has also been the Centre’s Gender Advisor since 2018.

In her latter role, she has witnessed the ongoing developments regarding the gender perspective in NATO Armed Forces, especially at the strategic and operational levels.

Her feedback: "If we neglect the gender perspective, we are essentially surrendering part of the battlefield to our adversaries."

By Inci Kucukaksoy and Sarah Denieul, Joint Warfare Centre


Warfare Development: Relevance, Risks and Making it Real

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Given the current and future operational environment, Alliance leaders will have to apply sufficient resources and focused attention on warfare development to ensure NATO remains relevant and ready to successfully prevail against all potential adversaries and threats.

By Colonel Jean-Michel Millet, French Army, Head Transformation Delivery Division, Joint Warfare Centre


15 Years of Media Simulation Excellence

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Napoleon Bonaparte has been quoted as saying: “Four hostile newspapers are to be more feared than a thousand bayonets.”

Although warfare has since evolved, the effect of news media continues to be a critical consideration for military commanders.

By Laura Loflin DuBois, Exercise Planner and TV Producer, Media Simulation Section Joint Warfare Centre



Learning From Our Past, Looking to the Future: Exercises, Training and Innovation

wd-in-focus-15.jpgWhilst the JWC delivers higher command and staff collective training for three- and four-star NATO headquarters, it can also harvest a huge dividend in warfare development and innovation.

Exercises may be the most conspicuous aspect of what we do, yet it is our role in joint and combined warfare development at the operational level that offers enduring benefit to the Alliance.

By Colonel Neil Wright, British Army, Deputy Chief of Staff Exercise, Training and Innovation Directorate, Joint Warfare Centre



In a World Without Doctrine, Chaos Reigns Supreme

wd-in-focus-23.jpgThroughout history, doctrine has provided an operational foundation for governments and organisations.

NATO is no different in this regard. Without well-conceived doctrine, no organisation can effectively achieve its objectives.

By Commander Shannon Wells, United States Navy, Staff Officer, Doctrine Support Branch, Joint Warfare Centre


Transformational Activities at the JWC

wd-in-focus-26.jpgNATO operates in an environment of continuous change, requiring the Alliance to rethink, reprioritise and reform in response to new risks and the evolving security landscape.

As NATO has adapted its strategy, concepts, and Military Command and Force Structures over the last 15 years, Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT) has been leading the Military Transformation process, within which the JWC and its Concepts, Capability Integration and Experimentation (CCI&E) Branch have been instrumental.

By Peter M. Hutson, Capability Integration and Experimentation Analyst, Joint Warfare Centre