QX0A9984 devichi 2Chief Warrant Officer Philippe Devichi

Chief Warrant Officer Philippe Devichi was appointed as the Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA), Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), Stavanger, Norway, on 22 August 2017.

His assignment to this position requires him to oversee the professional development and welfare of all enlisted soldiers (Non-Commissioned Officers) posted to the Centre.

He also serves as a spokesman for the JWC's Non-Commissioned Officers, or NCOs, bringing their needs forward to the Centre's leadership.

Chief Warrant Officer Devichi joined the French Army in 1983 with the Infantry and has been decorated several times, including the "Médaille Militaire", the highest French military recognition for the Non-Commissioned Officers. Prior to his assignment to the Joint Warfare Centre, Chief Warrant Officer Devichi served with NATO Joint Force Command Naples and NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

"It is a great honour to represent my fellow NCOs at the Joint Warfare Centre. The JWC is a great place to work because the mission is very important, and it provides a great multinational environment. Our host city of Stavanger has always been an exceptional host to NATO. Although the officers outnumber the NCOs at the JWC, the NCOs still hold many key functions here and their contribution directly impact the JWC's success," said Warrant Officer Devichi.

"As you may already know, for generations an NCO is recognized as the backbone of the Armed Forces who is committed to excellence and professionalism. In NATO, the NCO corps is pivotal to advancing greater technical, operational and strategic outcomes to successfully meet the increasing demands of an uncertain environment. Therefore, we must promote and employ the NCO talent management strategy within our organization to provide intellectual and professional capability for our staff and support further development of NCOs at all levels. I am currently engaged in establishing the guidelines on the role of the SEA within the JWC, and increasing the visibility of the NCOs. I highly recommend that everybody reads the NATO Non-Commissioned Officer Bi-Strategic Command Strategy and NCO Guidelines, signed by the SACEUR and SACT, along with their Command Senior Enlisted Leaders, on 15 September 2017. To my fellow NCOs, my message is: keep up with the good work and stay focused."


NATO Non-Commissioned Officer Bi-Strategic Command Strategy and NCO Guideline

The document affects both Strategic Commands and outlines NATO’s growing expectations of its multi-national NCO Corps while focusing on a more methodical means of creating the best prepared and professional NCO. It also provides guidelines on how to effectively measure NCO growth and increase interoperability across the corps. (


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Recommended Reading

The Three Swords Magazine, Issue No. 13 "Year of the NCO"

The Backbone: A Tribute to the Important Role of NCOs Throughout the JWC and NATO


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Some members of the enlisted personnel at the Joint Warfare Centre posing with Warrant Officer Devichi. Photo by JWC Public Affairs Office.

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Command Chief Master Sergeant Jack Johnson, Jr. is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL), Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia.

spec advBrigadier 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.


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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. 

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.

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"The JWC plans, prepares and executes static and distributed joint operational level training in support of Warfare Development and Warfighting readiness. Furthermore, it supports concept development and the maintenance of joint operational doctrine and standards, and coordinates the integration of experimentation and capability development to maximize transformational efforts to improve NATO's interoperability, capabilities and operational effectiveness."

Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander JWC (2018) 

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.

Commander’s Vision

"To sustain and enhance JWC's role and reputation as the premier provider of exercises and innovation at the joint operational level of warfare, the JWC will maintain its focus of continuous improvement of its internal structure and processes in order to optimize our resources to support the headquarters we train; we will adapt. 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 (2018) 


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 JWC Mission Areas

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:

  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.

JWC's 11 Unique Training Enterprises

The following enterprises are organic to the JWC:

  1. Scenario: Complex, comprehensive and realistic scenarios, which reflect a range of current and emerging spectrum of threats.
  2. Main Events List/Main Incidents List (MEL/MIL) Script: The exercise storylines, incidents and operational dilemmas to challenge the Training Audiences.
  3. CAX: Computer Assisted Exercises, which replicate the Training Audience's subordinate units on the ground, in the air and on the sea. 
  4. Training Teams: Experienced and adaptable Training Teams committed to help the Training Audiences meet the challenges of the exercise and share best practice and current NATO doctrine.
  5. CIS Support: Cutting-edge CIS computer support to provide a seamless experience plus support to provide a seamless experience plus support for the major real-world functional area systems.
  6. Opposing Forces (OPFOR): A credible and challenging OPFOR designed to challenge the Training Audiences in the exercise.
  7. White/Grey Cell: Replicating the Host Nation, international organizations and non-governmental organizations with highly competent external staff who bring real-life experience from the field.
  8. Exercise Control (EXCON): A robust EXCON organization located within the JWC, which steers the coordination and execution of the exercise during the execution stage.
  9. Real Life Support (RLS): Recognizes across NATO as one of the most streamlined RLS services ensuring the Training Audiences and external participants that come to the JWC are well met and looked after so that they can focus 100 per cent on their participatin in the exercises.  
  10. Higher Control (HICON): An integral part of EXCON that duplicates and imitates political and strategic processes as required, and serves to create an environment where Training Audiences can meet their training objectives.
  11. Media: Provides the Training Audiences a complex and challenging information battlespace that is unmatched anywhere in NATO.

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Joint Warfare Centre
Training NATO. Advancing Doctrine. Integrating Concepts.

Our Leaders

JWC Commander
Major General Andrzej Reudowicz

Major General Andrzej ReudowiczPolish ArmyCommander Joint Warfare Centre Major General Andrzej Reudowicz was born on 19 November 1961 in Pisz, Read More

JWC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff
Rear Admiral James A. "Jim" Kirk

Rear Admiral James A. "Jim" KirkU.S. NavyDeputy Commander/Chief of Staff Joint Warfare Centre Rear Admiral James A. Kirk was born Read More

JWC Special Advisor
Brigadier General Kurt Pedersen

Brigadier General Kurt PedersenRoyal Norwegian Air ForceSpecial Advisor to Commander Joint Warfare Centre Brigadier General Kurt Pedersen was born in Read More
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