Joint Air & Space Power Conference 2022

Call for Papers

Thank you to all the authors who have already submitted valuable abstracts for the 2022 JAPCC Conference. Due to several requests, we have decided to extend the deadline until November 17, 2021.

In 2022 the Joint Air & Space Power Conference will be held from 11 to 13 October 2022 at the Congress Centre Essen, Germany.

The Joint Air & Space Power Conference is organised annually by the NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre. In 2022, our conference will focus on how to enhance NATO Air & Space Power in an age of global competition. NATO faces multifaceted threats, systemic competition from assertive and authoritarian powers, as well as growing security challenges to our countries and our citizens from all strategic directions. Peer or near-peer adversaries can present challenges, which we need to address together as an Alliance.

The Read Ahead for the 2022 Joint Air & Space Power Conference will provide roughly 100 pages of inspiring overview information that supports preparation of those interested in participating in our conference. Therefore, we are asking you to consider providing research papers that address topical issues exploring the challenges to NATO Air & Space Power from global competition from various perspectives. We would appreciate submissions that discuss:

  • Broader Security Perspective: How to characterize what is known as ‘global competition?’ Is there an inherent danger for escalation into armed conflict? What are the consequences? Are there any fields of collaboration with competitor nations we should consider? The impact of other challenges to security (pandemics, climate change, emerging and disruptive technologies, etc.). Do we need a more comprehensive (whole-of-government) approach to security? Establishing and strengthening closer affiliations with like-minded countries (Australia, Japan, Sweden, African Nations, etc.) to defend global institutions and establish agreed upon norms of behaviour in new domains and with regard to emerging technologies. How to further develop NATO’s more global approach (NATO 2030).
  • Defence Perspective: NATO’s 360-degree approach to deterrence and defence. Necessities and options to maintain an edge in existing (Air, Land, Sea, Space, Cyberspace) and possible future domains (EMS, human). Military contributions as part of a comprehensive effort to address the challenges of the changing global environment.
  • Defence Planning/Industrial perspective: How to support our governments’/Alliance’s efforts in this competition with the Military Instrument of Power. The value of standardisation and interoperability in support of effective operations in peace (competition), crisis management ((de-)escalation) and conflict (effective defence) across all Domains. How to ensure that tactics, techniques, and procedures as well as NATO’s training model, meet the need to operate in demanding contested environments. Criteria and options for design and possible bundling of Air Power related procurement projects and various activities such as training and education (e.g. 5th Generation training in EMS contested environments) in order to prevent duplication of efforts or unnecessary expenditures. How to enhance the link between Defence Planning and Procurement and industry processes.
  • Defence/Military leaders’ perspective: Do we have the appropriate Alliance decision-making processes, command structures and authority allocation to plan and act efficiently? Explore the need for enhanced situational awareness and supporting tools and technologies to ensure effective C2 and operational speed in a joint all-domain environment.

Should you feel that any other perspective or aspects not mentioned above need to be addressed, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Important Dates:
14 November 2021 – Abstract Submission
19 November 2021 – Notification to Authors of Abstract Acceptance into Read Ahead
28 January 2022 – Full Paper Submission
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Authors are asked to submit a 200-300 word abstract of the planned paper, which should describe the topic and set out the main aspects and structure of the monograph. After a preliminary review, the authors of accepted abstracts will be requested to submit their full papers, which should be original, unpublished, and should meet high academic standards. Papers should be up to 2000 words, including footnotes and references.

Submission details, author guidance and other practical information are available upon request.

Read Ahead Books and Proceedings of the previous Joint Air & Space Power Conferences are available at

The JAPCC is a NATO-accredited Centre of Excellence, 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 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 Air & Space 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 Air & Space Power to NATO HQs and national policy-making bodies.