The Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) was established on 23 October 2003 at Jåttå, Stavanger, Norway, subordinate to Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, Virginia, the United States. The JWC is NATO’s premier warfare and collective training and exercise organization 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.
The JWC provides NATO’s training focal point for full spectrum joint operational level warfare. The Centre is the main enabler of NATO’s Command Post and Computer Assisted Exercises (CPX/CAX). Its 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’s principal mission also includes the training of the NATO Response Force (NRF) Headquarters' elements and NRF Component Headquarters' elements.
As part of its 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 learned. 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. 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 NCS/NFS, 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."
- Trains NATO forces (joint/combined staffs of the NCS/NFS headquarters) at the Operational level in order to enhance interoperability and operational effectiveness.
- Provides and conducts NATO Response Force (NRF) certification exercises.
- 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.
- Supports concept integration and doctrine development and coordinates integration of experimentation and capability development.
- Contributes to NATO’s lessons learned process and ensures Transformational outputs are integrated into collective training events.
- Supports adherence to Joint Operational Warfare doctrine and standards.
- Creates, maintains and develops NATO’s synthetic training scenarios.
- Provides state-of-the-art computer simulation (CAX) and media simulation capabilities.
Joint Warfare Centre
Training NATO. Advancing Doctrine. Integrating Concepts.