Joint Air Power Competence Centre

Our Vision

Be NATO’s catalyst for the improvement and transformation of Joint Air and Space Power; delivering effective solutions through independent thought and analysis.

Our Mission

As a team of multinational experts, we’re to provide key decision-makers effective solutions on Air and Space Power challenges, in order to safeguard NATO and the Nations’ interests.

In the Spotlight

Introduction to the Resilient Basing Enhancement Workbook 2nd Edition

In order to better assess the current resilience level of Alliance members against a full range of threats, the JAPCC has published the Resilient Basing Enhancement Workbook in January 2023. This assessment takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating both civilian infrastructure and military installations, allowing organizations to identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies to address any identified shortcomings. Designed for those responsible for contingency planning and evaluation, the Resilient Basing Enhancement Workbook provides a valuable resource for nations...

Future Approaches to Red Air Delivery in NATO Air Forces in 5th Generation Fighter Training

Red Air is a significant part of the NATO fighters training. However, this function is increasingly tricky for NATO countries to carry out, especially individually, due to the associated costs and the lack of materiel and personnel resources. These costs raise the following question: How to maintain fighter proficiency while simultaneously supplying a credible Red Air training adversary? This question challenges NATO nations as they integrate 5th Generation fighter aircraft into their forces. With reduced aircraft and pilot availability, traditional...

Joint Air and Space Power

Warfighting Domains​

Air Operations

Cyberspace Operations

Land Operations

Maritime Operations

Multi-Domain Operations

Space Support in Operations

Competencies

Our multinational team of subject matter experts from across all military services provides the Alliance with recognized expertise, experience, and in-depth knowledge committed to delivering effective solutions for the Alliance through independent thought and analysis.

Joint Air and Space Power Conference 2022 Concluded

Our annual Joint Air and Space Power Conference was held from 11 to 13 October 2022 and focused on “Enhancing NATO Air and Space Power in an Age of Global Competition”.

Following the introductory keynote speech by General Christian Badia, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation the first panel discussed the challenges and threats in the competitive environment and the implications for NATO and single nations’ security.

The subsequent panel examined the consequences for deterrence and defence, the challenges to fulfilling the demands for technically advanced systems, interoperability and technical standards from the military. The third panel added the industry perspective as well as new approaches to multinational defence planning, common-funded solutions, and incentives to reinforce industrial cooperation.

The second conference day opened with a special address by General James B. Hecker, Commander US Air Forces in Europe and US Air Forces Africa, Commander Allied Air Command, and Director Joint Air Power Competence Centre. The concluding panel offered a debate about ensuring forces and capabilities are postured, ready, and connected to provide effective defence of allied territory and interests.

We would like to thank our moderator, speakers, and panellists as well as the audience for their contributions to an excellent and thought-provoking discussion about Enhancing NATO Air & Space Power in an Age of Global Competition.

We are looking forward to next year’s Joint Air and Space Power Conference, which is planned for 10-12 October 2023, again at the Congress Centre Essen, Germany.

Recent Publications

Introduction to the Resilient Basing Enhancement Workbook 2nd Edition

By Wg Cdr 
Jez 
Parkinson 
By Lt Col 
Frans 
Van de Weerd 
In order to better assess the current resilience level of Alliance members against a full range of threats, the JAPCC has published the Resilient Basing Enhancement Workbook in January 2023. This assessment takes a comprehensive [...]

Future Approaches to Red Air Delivery in NATO Air Forces in 5th Generation Fighter Training

By Lt Col 
Rafael 
Ichaso 
Red Air is a significant part of the NATO fighters training. However, this function is increasingly tricky for NATO countries to carry out, especially individually, due to the associated costs and the lack of materiel [...]

National Military Space Operations Centres

Requirements on National Centres with Respect to NATO Needs
By Lt Col 
Heiner 
Grest 
NATO does not have space-based resources of its own; however, the organization is heavily and increasingly dependent on space data, products and services to conduct military operations, missions and other activities, as well as executing [...]

Publication Categories

The JAPCC’s mission is to provide advice and subject matter expertise for the transformation of Joint Air and Space Power; provide independent analysis and solutions to the Alliance of Nations, as well as future-oriented visions of Air and Space Power, all of which have to be realised in high-quality real-time professional output and targeted media. Our diverse online publication archives and academic material are professionally produced to communicate effectively and be recognised as a reliable and professional resource.

Professional Air and Space Power Publications Written by NATO’s Premier Subject Matter Experts

What is 'Air Power'?

Fast Facts

Based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the JAPCC is sponsored by 14 NATO nations who provide a variety of experienced Subject Matter Experts (SME) that come from all three services. Through its multi-discipline organization, the JAPCC chooses the most suitable SMEs for the task and combines their knowledge and experience to fully contribute to transforming NATO’s A&S Power. More importantly, the JAPCC is not constrained by the need for consensus or by political expediency in developing ideas. It can offer independent military advice across the spectrum of A&S Power to NATO HQs and national policy-making bodies.

Our primary customers are NATO Headquarters (Allied Command Operations, Allied Command Transformation, NATO Joint Commands and Air Command) and sponsoring nations. However, the JAPCC does accept Requests for Support (RfS) from other sources via our RfS form, which can be accessed via the link below. With numerous successful products and ever-increasing connections with industry and academia, the JAPCC continues to build upon its reputation as NATO’s preeminent advocate for the development and enhancement of Joint A&S Power

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A&S Power SMEs, drawn from the Land, Maritime and Air components of the 16 MoU nations, conduct collaborative research into areas in which JAPCC assistance is requested by leveraging their independent thought and a global network of experts that reach across the military, academic and industrial spheres. The resulting analysis and solutions are disseminated via studies, reports, journal articles, seminars, panels and conferences.

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Contact Information

Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Römerstrasse 140
47546 Kalkar
Germany

+49 (0) 2824 90 2201

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