Brigadier General Kurt Pedersen
Royal Norwegian Air Force
Special Advisor to Commander Joint Warfare Centre
Brigadier General Kurt Pedersen was born in 1960. He joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 1980, upon completion of the Air Force Basic Officer Training School, Stavern, with branch specialization in Air Command, Control and Early Warning. He then served at Control and Reporting Post Kautokeino and Control and Reporting Center Mågerø, respectively until 1983.
Between 1983 and 1985, he attended various training courses and in 1987 he graduated from the Royal Norwegian Air Force, Air War Academy, Trondheim. He was then posted to CRC Sørreisa as Fighter/Weapons Controller in the same year. Between 1990 and 1994, he was assigned to Air Defense Operations Center/Sector Operations Centre as part of the Air Operations Centre in Stavanger. Here, for a few months, he simultaneously served in the newly established HQ North and graduated from the Royal Norwegian Air Force Staff Course I, Oslo.
Brigadier General Pedersen then served at NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force Command, Mons, Belgium and Air Staff, Huseby, Oslo, respectively. In 2000, he graduated from the Danish Armed Forces Academy, Copenhagen, before his assignment as Branch Chief Plans at the Inspectorate of Air Command and Control, LKI Kongsvinger. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2002, and was assigned to the Air Operations Competency Centre as Commanding Office of the Air Force’s Operational Schools. From 2004 to 2005, Brigadier General Pedersen studied at the Air War College (Air University) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama/USA and graduated with Master’s Degree in International Strategic Studies.
Brigadier General Pedersen’s next appointments included Branch Head Education in Joint Education and Training Sub-division at Allied Transformation Command (ACT) in Norfolk/VA/USA (2005-2010), and Deputy Commander of the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint C2IS Center, Jørstadmoen, Lillehammer, where he was given a one-year assignment as the Commander of the same unit (2010-2011). After graduating from the Higher Command and Staff Course, Shrivenham, UK, Brigadier General Pedersen was promoted to his present rank and took over command of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence Competency and Transformation Centre on 6 May 2013.
For the next three years, he commanded Cyber Defence Services and Operations located at Kolsås (2014), took over as Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence/Lillehammer (2014-2016), and temporarily held the position as Chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence Forces (2016-2017).
Brigadier General Pedersen came to NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre on 4 January 2018, following his assignment as the Deputy Commander of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence, where he served since 15 February 2017.
Brigadier General Pedersen has four grownup children. He resides with his fiancé in Lillehammer. His hobbies include ornithology, wildlife and nature in general, gardening, cross-country skiing as well as trekking.
The Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) was established on 23 October 2003 at Jåttå, Stavanger, Norway, subordinate to Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) in Norfolk, Virginia, the United States.
The JWC is the premier training establishment of the NATO Alliance at the Operational-level. The Centre achieved its Full Operational Capability in 2006.
The JWC is a multi-national and multi-service NATO organization with more than 250 military and civilian personnel from 15 NATO Nations: Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Romania, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Since August 2015, the JWC has organized into a highly agile matrix organization with a new training infrastructure that is designed to support, in the most effective way, the Centre’s warfare development efforts through its computer-assisted Command Post Exercise (CPX) planning and delivery. Click here to view JWC's Organization.
The JWC is also the first organization in NATO to actively focus and develop its organizational culture with high-performing, cross functional teams, which the JWC calls its “One Team” ethos to better support its mission and outputs.
"The JWC is the primary ways and means of delivering the SACT Vision of Alliance Military Transformation for the joint Operational-level of warfare. Be in no doubt that each of our activities, be it contributing to innovation and concept development through to staging ambitious and realistic training and exercises, directly maps to the evolving Alliance objectives. Warfare is all our business."
Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander JWC (2017)
The JWC provides NATO's focal point for supporting the preparations for readiness of units in the full spectrum of joint Operational-level warfare by planning and executing static and distributed joint Operational-level training, in accordance with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR's) requirements.
In addition, the JWC supports concept development and the maintenance of joint Operational doctrine and standards, and coordinates the integration into exercises of experimentation and capability development in order to maximize Transformational efforts to improve NATO's interoperability, capabilities and operational effectiveness.
JWC'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 Centre is the main enabler of NATO’s Command Post and 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 unique "Warfare" enterprise, the JWC supports NATO’s Joint Warfare Development through analysis and doctrine development processes, integration of new concepts and doctrine, experimentation as well as collecting, analysing and sharing Lessons processes.
The JWC assists Allied Command Operations (ACO) in evaluating joint force training and has formal links with both Strategic Commands as well as national and multinational training centres.
In 2012, the JWC moved into its new training facility, which was a ground-breaking transformational concept for NATO. Built on an area of 13,390 square meters, the five-storey building gives the Centre a state-of-the-art CAX-based training, warfare and conference facility. As such, the JWC has the capability to train two headquarters in two Combined Joint Operations Centres (CJOCs) simultaneously, with exercise participation of 1,200 people, including the Exercise Control (EXCON) with full communication and information systems' (CIS) support.
At JWC, NATO forces are able to conduct focused, realistic and demanding training, integrating all aspects of Operational-level planning and execution, using turn-key facilities and leading-edge Media Simulation and CAX capabilities. And, all this is available to NATO and Partners with surprising affordability and cost efficiency, thanks to outstanding support from our host nation, Norway.
One of NATO’s most unique organizations, the JWC’s motto is “Training NATO. Advancing Doctrine. Integrating Concepts”. With its training facility in Jåttå, operational since 2012, hosting one of NATO’s most advanced Information Technology (IT) platforms and providing a training capacity of 1,200 people, the JWC today stands out as one of the world’s most state-of-the-art operational training centres.
Since October 2003, the JWC has trained nearly 64,000 personnel from NATO Member and Partner Nations.
"The JWC sustains and enhances its role as the premier provider and enabler in NATO for innovation and exercises at the joint operational level of warfare, for the headquarters of the NATO Command and the NATO Force Structures, and when ordered, to any other headquarters of the Alliance. The JWC must continue to be at the heart of evolving NATO Joint Warfare Development, delivering Transformation through exercises to meet NATO's future warfare requirements. This is, and will continue to be, delivered by the JWC whole force 'One Team' who are the only thing that makes us who we are."
Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander JWC (2017)
The JWC provides NATO's training focal point for full spectrum joint Operational-level warfare. The Centre's main output is, as such, its Operational-level exercises. At any one time, the JWC could be planning up to six different exercises as far as two to three years out into the future. The JWC serves as the main hub for the coordination and planning of these exercises. The Centre:
The following enterprises are organic to the JWC:
Links to real world operations