24 August 2016. To deliver Air Power to the Alliance, AIRCOM faces challenges in the current international environment which require flexible solutions from limited resources. For enhancing its mission, one of the identified capabilities is the reactivation of the Aircraft Cross Servicing (ACS) program. More
1 August 2016. The aim of this project is to define the current challenges experienced by ASW-capable air platforms in both today’s operational environment and in a range of possible future environments assessing whether the Alliance has a capability shortfall in the ASW mission area. More
6 July 2016. It is our great pleasure to present you the 22nd Edition of the JAPCC Journal. The opening article of this edition is an interview with The Netherlands’ Air Chief Lieutenant General Schnitger, who offers us his perspective on future airpower requirements and how the RNLAF shall be kept ‘Fit for the Future’ by a program called the ‘Air Force 3.0’. We greatly appreciate his senior leader’s perspective. More
8 June 2016. CAS evolution has been dependent on technological developments and it will surely continue to evolve as technology improves. However, the means in which the Air Force will support all three services will require solutions and methods more than purely technological improvements. The aim of this project is to provide recommendations on how the CAS and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) communities should adapt and leverage emerging capabilities to meet future operational requirements(using the SFA, FFAO and JAPS analyses as a baseline) in the long term (defined for this study as 10-15 years). More
New Project: Future Unmanned System Technologies - Legal and Ethical Implications of Increasing Automation
10 May 2016. Technological development with regard to unmanned system automation will continue to evolve quickly and may soon reach a level where human interaction is technically no longer required. The aim of this project is to provide NATO and national key decision makers with relevant information regarding the legal and ethical implications when introducing highly automated or autonomous capabilities to their military inventories. More
26 January 2016. At the present time national agencies produce load clearances with STANAG 2445 as the overarching NATO document but still nations do not accept clearances from other nations. NATO interoperability is severely hampered when nations do not accept other nations helicopter USL. The aim of this project is to investigate the feasibility of forming a NATO accepted USL certification system using STANAG 2445 as the reference standard. More
17 November 2015. This journal directs our reader’s attention to a very relevant issue, ‘Strategic Communications’. Today’s global communication capabilities greatly amplify the impact and speed with which one can change foreign and domestic public opinion and thereby eventually influence the Alliance and the way it conducts operations. Disinformation campaigns carried out against NATO and coalition forces in recent operations in Afghanistan and Libya specifically characterize Air Power as an inhumane and indiscriminate means of war. More
21 September 2015. A highly evolved and mature C2 network will enable forms of self-organization/synchronization of the cooperative players/elements (not necessarily equal or equivalent) that interact throughout the battlespace. This more advanced C2 network will permit new forms of information transfer among different platforms that display information from different sensors and employ different weapons. More
What is ‘Air Power’ ?
‘Air Power is the ability to use air capabilities to influence the behavior of actors and the course of events.’
Summary of the September 2015 Meeting of PAMD DG1, 17 September 2015
‘Air Power is the ability to project military force in air or space by or from a platform (air, space, and surface based) or missile operating above the surface of the earth.’
Bi-SC Advice on NATO’s Future Strategy, Posture, and Adaption, 13 November 2015
‘Joint Air Power is a coherent and coordinated approach that allows all Services to apply military power in air or space from within any domain in order to generate desired effects across all domains.’
Bi-SC Final Report on Joint Air Power Capabilities, 7 December 2015
Some Facts about the Joint Air Power Competence Centre
The Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) was formed on 1 January 2005 to provide the strategic level proponent for Joint Air and Space (A&S) Power that was missing in NATO. Soon thereafter, JAPCC was accredited as NATO’s first Centre of Excellence (COE) and, as such, is charged with the development of innovative concepts and solutions required for the transformation of A&S Power within the Alliance and the Nations.
Based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the JAPCC is sponsored by 15 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, since the JAPCC is not constrained by the need for full consensus or by political expediency, it can offer the best 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 through the JAPCC website. With numerous successful products and ever increasing connections with industry and academia, the JAPCC continues to build upon its reputation as NATO’s pre-eminent advocate for the development and enhancement of Joint A&S Power.
- Contribute Joint A&S expertise to Alliance decision-making processes through active leadership of and participation in NATO committees, Working Groups and fora
- Promote and showcase the effectiveness and relevance of Joint A&S Power as a critical element in Air, Land and Maritime operations
- Partner with relevant NATO entities and nations to promote and synchronize output and products
A&S Power SMEs, drawn from the Land, Maritime and Air components of the 15 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.
The JAPCC, as a team of multinational experts, is to provide key decision-makers effective solutions on Air and Space Power challenges, in order to safeguard NATO and the Nations’ interests.
Be NATO’s catalyst for the improvement and transformation of Joint Air and Space Power; delivering effective solutions through independent thought and analysis.