Joint Warfare Centre

The Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) is a NATO establishment headquartered in Stavanger, Norway.

Joint Warfare Centre
Coat of arms
Active23 October 2003–
Country NATO
Part ofAllied Command Transformation
HeadquartersStavanger, Norway
Rear Admiral Jan C. Kaack[1]

It was established at Jåttå on 23 October 2003 as a subordinate command of Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT).[2] The purpose of this was to have a command with responsibility for training and exercise of the NATO headquarters. The old Joint Headquarters North (JHQ NORTH) was abolished and command transferred to the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.


Locations of NATO's two strategic commands—Allied Command Transformation (ACT; yellow marks) and Allied Command Operations (ACO; red marks)—the latter of which has Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) as its headquarters. The subordinate centres of ACT and subordinate commands and joint force commands of ACO are also shown.

The JWC provides NATO's training focal point for full spectrum joint operational level warfare.[2]

The mission of the Joint Warfare Centre is to:[2]

  • Provide operational level joint training in support of ongoing operations;
  • Conduct and supports collective training of joint and combined staffs of the NATO Command Structure (NCS) and NATO Force Structure (NFS) for Major Joint Operations (MJOs) and Small Joint Operations (SJOs), integrating NATO members' national capacities, regional security organizations' initiatives and Partnership for Peace (PfP);
  • Provide key leader training capability;
  • Support adherence to joint operational warfare doctrine and standards;
  • Assist the developmental and experimental work of Allied Command Transformation on new concepts, technologies, modeling and simulation;
  • Performs joint analysis, collects lessons learned and feeds them back into the transformational network through the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre.

Commanders and Directors

The Commanders and Directors of the Joint Warfare Centre:

Général de division Jean-Fred Berger, Commander JWC June 2011 to June 2013
Nr. Name Country Commencement of post End of post
9 Konteradmiral Jan C. Kaack  Germany July 2019
8 Generał dywizji Andrzej Reudowicz  Poland July 2016 July 2019
7 Generalmajor Reinhard Wolski [de]  Germany September 2014 July 2016
6 Generalleutnant Erhard Bühler  Germany June 2013 September 2014
5 Général de division Jean-Fred Berger  France June 2011 June 2013
4 Generalleutnant Wolfgang Korte [de]  Germany July 2007 June 2011
3 Air Marshal Peter Walker  United Kingdom February 2005 July 2007
2 Major-General James Short  United Kingdom September 2004 February 2005
1 Generalløytnant Thorstein Skiaker  Norway October 2003 September 2004


  1. "JWC Biographies". 2019-08-08.
  2. "JWC mission statement". 2014-01-02. Archived from the original on 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2014-02-01.