Assessment, Coordination, and Engagement

The Assessment, Coordination and Engagement (ACE) Branch provides cross-functional capabilities and expertise in concept development, doctrine and vision in support of the JAPCC’s activities and projects. The Branch’s Subject Matter Experts (SME) coordinate support to training and exercises, provide information and assessments available in the NATO Lessons Learned Process, as well as focused analysis of INTEL products. Additionally, they make sure that the newest developments in capabilities and defence planning related to NATO’s warfare development agenda are considered in the JAPCC’s program of work. The branch also supports planning and organization of the JAPCC’s main engagement events (the annual Joint Air & Space Power Conference, the Think Tank Forum and the Joint Air & Space Power Network Meeting) and manages the process to draft, layout and distribute the JAPCC’s publications.

Branch Head

Colonel
 Markus
 Müller
Joint Air Power Competence Centre

Col Markus Müller started his military career in 1993 and was trained as Surface Based Air Defense (SBAD) officer. He graduated from the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich and from the Air University, Maxwell AFB, attending the Air Command and Staff College. Col Müller has served in various staff assignments on tactical, operational and strategic level and in leadership positions from SBAD unit command up to SBAD battalion command (SAM Group 61). During his last assignment Col Müller worked at the Ministry of Defense in the Directorate General for Forces Policy in Berlin. His experience includes the NATO Operation “Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan being the Executive Officer of an Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) and Operation “Active Fence” in Turkey, where the PATRIOT System was deployed for TBM defense. Currently, Col Müller is the Branch Head Assessment, Coordination and Engagement in the JAPCC. In this function, he also serves as the Conference Director for the annual Joint Air & Space Power Conference.

Information provided is current as of July 2023

Featured Publications

Strategic Horizons – Advancements in Air and Space for Deterrence and Defence

A Review of the JAPCC Conference 2023
By Col 
Markus 
Müller 
By Lt Col 
Florin 
Sandu 
Between 10 and 12 October 2023, the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) conducted its most prestigious annual event, the Air and Space Power Conference, to enhance deterrence and defence as one of NATO’s core [...]

Allied Air Command Lessons from Ukraine

Implications from NATO Air & Space Power Conference
By Wg Cdr 
Joe 
Goodwin 
The ongoing conflict between Russia (RUS) and Ukraine (UKR) has presented a unique opportunity for the Alliance to reflect on the experiences of both combatants and extract significant lessons for both the Air and Space [...]

Assessing the Viability of Electrically Powered Flight in Military Operations

By Maj 
Eelco 
Tolsma 
The trajectory of climate discourse has evolved dramatically over the years, reflecting the growing urgency of the situation. From the initial fears of global cooling in the 1970s to the subsequent shift towards global warming [...]

Subject Matter Experts and Support Staff

Sergeant Major

Aarts

Support Staff, 
Publications, Promotions & Communications

Sergeant Major Aarts joined the forces in 2000 and, in July 2002, completed the Specialist Ground Defence Training and was assigned to Volkel Air Base as Group Commander within a Security Wing. In 2005, he became Training Sergeant of a Security Wing. In 2008, he was appointed as a Junior...

Lieutenant Colonel

Denis Dúbravčík

Subject Matter Expert 
Plans, Concepts, Development and Vision

Lieutenant Colonel Denis Dúbravčík enlisted in the Czech Air Force in 1996. He graduated from the Brno Military Academy with a BSc in Military Rocket and Aircraft Systems and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering. He is a graduate of Squadron Offices School Maxwell Airbase US. He served, among other functions,...

Mr

Simon Ingram

Support Staff, 
Publications, Promotions & Communications

For over 15 years, Mr Ingram has carried out the function as Chief Publications, Promotions and Communications and Section Head, informing and advising JAPCC staff and external authors on all aspects of publishing. Mr Ingram is principally responsible for developing and creating the organization’s Publications (covering promotion communications and engagement...

Lieutenant Colonel

Adam Olko

Subject Matter Expert 
Plans, Concepts, Development and Vision

Lieutenant Colonel Olko joined the Polish Armed Forces in 1988 and after four years of study he graduated from Military Academy as a radar engineer. He served, among other functions, on various national positions as a radar engineer, Commander of Radar Company, Track Production Officer and Master Controller. Starting August...

Lieutenant Colonel

Florin Sandu

Subject Matter Expert 
Plans, Concepts, Development and Vision

Lieutenant Colonel Florin Sandu graduated from the Romanian Air Force Academy in 2001, earning a bachelor’s degree in organizational management. He has held various positions throughout his career, including being a Tactical and Air Traffic Controller at the 71st Air Base Operation Centre in Câmpia Turzii, an Intercept Controller, and...

Lieutenant Colonel

Jhon van den Hudding

Subject Matter Expert 
Analysis and Lessons Learned, Exercise Support

Lt Col van den Hudding joined the Royal Netherlands Armed Force in Nov 1998. After graduation he was stationed at the Dutch CRC, callsign “Bandbox” where he served in different positions. In 2010 he was posted at the NAEW&C Component in Geilenkirchen Germany, where he became instructor and evaluator. In...

Lieutenant Colonel

Kim Vogt

Subject Matter Expert 
Analysis and Lessons Learned, Education & Training

Lieutenant Colonel Vogt, joined the German Armed Forces in September 2001. After completion of his Officer Training, he studied Economic Studies at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich from 2003 to 2007. Lieutenant Colonel Vogt is an Air Defence Officer by trade and worked in various positions...

Lieutenant Colonel

Dennis Wartenberg

Support Staff, 
Research, Analysis & Intelligence Support

Lieutenant Colonel Wartenberg joined the German Armed Forces in 2005. He served last as a platoon leader in a Mechanised Infantry Battalion. After that he studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg from 2008 to 2012, graduating with a Master of...

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