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

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

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]

JWC Mission:[2]

The NATO Military Command Structure consists of two strategic commands and is directed by the International Military Staff:[3]

The commands under SACEUR - Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, Allied Joint Force Command Naples and Joint Force Command Norfolk are Operational Level Commands, while Headquarters Allied Air Command, Headquarters Allied Maritime Command and Headquarters Allied Land Command are Tactical Level Commands.[4] SACEUR also has operational command of the Joint Support and Enabling Command.[5]

Liaison:       Provides advice and support to the NAC
Political strategic level:
NA Council
Brussels, BE
Brussels, BE
Military strategic level:

International Military Staff DGIMS (IMS)
Brussels, BE

Mons, BE

Norfolk, US
Operational level:
Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum JFCBS Brunssum, NLJoint Warfare Centre JWC Stavanger, NO
Allied Air Command AIRCOM Ramstein, DEJoint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre JALLC Lisbon, PT
Allied Maritime Command MARCOM Northwood, GBJoint Force Training Centre JFTC Bydgoszcz, PL
Allied Land Command LANDCOM İzmir, TR
NATO Communication and Information Systems Group CIS GP Mons, BE
Allied Joint Force Command Naples JFCNP Naples, IT
JFC-NF Norfolk, Virginia, US

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
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 Brett 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. ^ a b c "JWC mission statement". 2014-01-02. Archived from the original on 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  3. ^ "Command Structure" (PDF). NATO. Retrieved 19 October 2019. and "Military Command Structure". Supreme Head Allied Powers Europe. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  4. ^ "MILITARY COMMAND STRUCTURE". NATO. 7 October 2020. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  5. ^ Boeke, Sergei (13 January 2020). "Creating a secure and functional rear area : NATO's new JSEC Headquarters". NATO. Retrieved 9 October 2020. JSEC is part of the NATO Force Structure and under the operational command of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

Coordinates: 58°54′27″N 5°43′18″E / 58.90750°N 5.72167°E / 58.90750; 5.72167