C4 ISR & Space

Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Space – C4ISR&S are key enablers for Air Power and its integration with the other domains. This combination of information-driven C2 encompasses all air activities and provides seamless integration of information across all domains to gain a shared understanding of the operational environment in support of decision-making while securing the network from attack or compromise. C4ISR&S’s relevance and criticality are only increasing as NATO embraces the concept of Multi-Domain Operations to deliver Air Power integrated and synchronized with other military and non-military instruments of power. To that end, C4ISR&S Branch embraces a large diversity of competencies thanks to a multinational team of SMEs constantly supporting NATO’s future force and capability development; this includes NATO’s newest operational domains, Cyberspace and Space.

Branch Head

Colonel
 Maurizio
 De Angelis
Joint Air Power Competence Centre

Colonel Maurizio De Angelis currently serves as C4 ISR Branch Head at the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) in Kalkar, Germany. He joined the Italian Air Force Academy in 1990 and obtained a degree in Aeronautical Sciences from Federico II University of Naples.

He graduated as a Military Pilot in the U.S and was assigned to the 18th Fighter Squadron at the 37th Fighter Wing – Trapani Birgi (Italy) flying F104-ASA-M and F 16 A. He is a Specialised Air Defence Operational Tactics Instructor on both F-104 and F-16 with more than 2500 flying hours.

He has participated in many NATO operations and covered positions as SQ, Operations Director, Fighter Squadron Commander, Wing Flight Safety Chief and Wing Operation Chief. He also served at the Italian Air Staff 3rd Division “General Planning and Transformation”, then at the US Joint Staff – J7 “Joint Force Development” Directorate in Suffolk, Virginia (USA) and as Italian Air Warfare Centre Director in Poggio Renatico AFB (Italy).

Most recently, Colonel De Angelis has completed his assignment as R.S.S.T.A / A.W.T.I. (Air Weapons Training Installation) Commander to Decimomannu AFB (Italy).

Information provided is current as of February 2022

Featured Publications

Introduction to the Resilient Basing Enhancement Workbook

By Wg Cdr 
Jez 
Parkinson 
By Lt Col 
Frans 
Van de Weerd 
In order to better analyse the current resilience status of Alliance members against a full spectrum of threats, the JAPCC will publish the Resilient Basing Enhancement Workbook in November 2022. The assessment intends to take [...]

The new NATO Space Centre of Excellence

A Newcomer in the World of Space Expertise for NATO’s Benefit
By Col 
Thierry 
Chapeaux 
Over decades, Space has taken an increasingly important role in all the aspects of our daily life. As a result, we are now permanently connected to and through ‘Space’. The strategic features of Space have [...]

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 [...]

Subject Matter Experts

Major

Arda Ayan

Subject Matter Expert 
Space

Major Arda Ayan graduated from the Turkish Air Force Academy in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and was stationed as a SHORAD (Short Range Air Defence) officer at the 6th Main Jet Base Anti-Aircraft Battalion Command. Following his Master’s degree in Space Sciences, in 2014 he was...

Lieutenant Colonel

Antonios Chochtoulas

Subject Matter Expert 
Cyberspace Operations

Lieutenant-Colonel Chochtoulas graduated from the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) Academy in 1999, with a degree in Logistics. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Hellenic Open University and his subject matter expertise is in the Areas of Information Systems Security and Database Design and Administration. He...

Lieutenant Colonel

Heiner Grest

Subject Matter Expert 
Space

Lieutenant Colonel Heiner Grest is currently the acting Branch Head of JAPCC’s 2020 established Space Branch. He began his military career in 1982 as a conscript. Throughout his career, he has been working in various command and staff positions in Ground-Based Air and Missile Defence and diverse national staff positions....

Lieutenant Colonel

Eric Jodoin

Subject Matter Expert 
Cyberspace Operations

Lieutenant-Colonel Jodoin holds a Master of Science in Information Security Engineering (MSISE) from the SANS Technology Institute and has accumulated over a decade of experience in the planning and conduct of cyberspace operations. His experience include a tour as director of operations at the Canadian Forces Network Operations Center (CFNOC),...

Major

Brian Ladd

Subject Matter Expert 
Space

Major Brian Ladd graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and received his commission by AFROTC. His first tour was at the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB in Colorado Springs, CO, where he was a Satellite Operator of the MILSTAR communications...

Major

Mark Meeuwissen

Subject Matter Expert 
Air Operations Planning

Major Mark Meeuwissen graduated from the Royal Military Academy Brussels in 1988 with a Master in Military and Aeronautical Science. His carrier as pilot was performed on F-16 in the Fighter-Bomber role and on NATO AWACS up to pilot-evaluator. On both platforms, he participated multiple times in several operations: Operation...

Major

Giuseppe Valentino

Subject Matter Expert 
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

Major Giuseppe Valentino started his career in 1992 joining the Italian Air Force NCO School in Caserta. During his service worked in E.W. group as an Intelligence Analyst and had two tours to Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and was responsible for analysis and production in the Deployed Intelligence Cell. In 2005, he...

Lieutenant Colonel

Jürgen Welsch

Subject Matter Expert 
Command & Control and Air Battle Management

Lieutenant Colonel Juergen Welsch joined the German Air Force in 1984. In 1990 he gained a Bachelor Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Hochschule der Bundeswehr Muenchen. From 1990 on, Lieutenant Colonel Welsch worked in multiple operational- and staff positions within the field of AIRC2. In 2003, he switched to...

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