In support of NATO´s transformation, Alliance Nations have agreed at the Prague summit in 2002 on the initiation of a network of Centers of Excellence.
As a result, the NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence was established in June 2007 and accredited by NATO in April 2008. The Netherlands acts as Host and Framework Nation of this joint facility which is manned and steered by nine nations. Our Sponsoring Nations are Belgium, Estonia, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.
The NATO C2COE will support NATO, nations and international institutions/organisations by providing subject matter expertise on all aspects of the Command and Control (C2) process with a focus on the operational environment.
To achieve this mission, the NATO C2COE’s aim is to become a national and international main source of expertise in the domain of C2 by networking with Sponsoring Nations, ACT, and ACO as well as other international institutions/organisations.
Therefore, the NATO C2CoE will:
- Be a worldwide well known and appreciated entity in the C2 and operational communities of interest, playing a catalyst role in the further development of C2.
- Offer an important contribution to NATO missions.
- Heavily support the NRF NNEC assessment programme.
- Organise workshops, seminars, and conferences as possibilities to build and strengthen social networks and transmit knowledge and experience within NATO and Nations.
- Publish documents related to C2.
C2 is often viewed from a purely technological perspective. But it is clear that C2 is much more than just a merely technical issue, particularly when considered from a comprehensive perspective. C2 is about leadership, management and how the entire C2 structure supports military operations and strategies.
With this view in mind, the NATO C2CoE has defined five Focus Areas:
- Operations. The support of real life operations by executing evaluations and assessments of the C2 structure and processes. By posting specific questions during visits to the operational headquarters, C2COE observer/trainer teams try to actively adjust observed defects in the C2 of the unit. Besides this, a report will be made for the benefit of the operational commanders.
- Exercises. The support of exercises in the same way as the support of real life operations. Now the emphasis is on the preparation of possible future operations. NRF exercises are a principal target.
- Training and Education. Using our expertise to support training and education organisations such as JWC, JFTC, and NATO School Oberammergau.
- Policy Development. To support the development of NATO and national C2 policies and concepts. The knowledge gained in the support of operations and exercises is used to stimulate realistic and necessary changes of the C2 process.
- Knowledge Development. Safeguard and disseminate C2 lessons learned and best practices in the broadest sense by the organisation of, and participation in, seminars, workshops, and conferences, as well as by publishing documents highlighting aspects of C2.