Lieutenant Colonel

Heiner 

Grest 

Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Subject Matter Expert

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. He was deployed to the NATO mission in Afghanistan at ISAF HQ. He holds a diploma in Business Administration from the Bundeswehr University Hamburg.

Information provided is current as of July 2022

From the Author

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 [...]

High-Altitude Platform Systems

Alternative, Supplement, or Competition to Satellites?
By Lt Col 
Heiner 
Grest 
Since Space is an above-average growth market, it is becoming increasingly contested, congested, and competitive. This statement is broadly known and accepted; however, it applies mainly to Low Earth Orbits (LEO). or below LEO. This article [...]

Space Operations

By Lt Col 
Heiner 
Grest 
By Lt Col 
Henry 
Heren 
By Lt Col 
Tim 
Vasen DipEng, MSc 
Today’s modern warfare is heavily dependent on the Space Domain; the use of Data, Products and Services (DPS) from Space-based capabilities allows all national armed forces, to include NATO as well as potential adversaries, to [...]

Space: NATO’s Newest Operational Domain

By Lt Col 
Heiner 
Grest 
By Lt Col 
Henry 
Heren 
By Lt Col 
Tim 
Vasen DipEng, MSc 
The Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) is currently officially recognized as the COE ‘for the facilitation of Joint Air Power transformation within NATO’s overall transformation efforts’. The original Concept for the JAPCC, submitted by [...]

New Space

Advantage or Threat for the Military?
By Lt Col 
Heiner 
Grest 
The importance of Space-based capabilities in today’s modern world and especially in technologically advanced armed forces is beyond dispute. Satellite communications, precise positioning and navigation, time synchronization as well as Space-based Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance [...]

What is a Multi-Domain Operation?

By Lt Col 
Heiner 
Grest 
By Lt Col 
Henry 
Heren 
The use of the term Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) has increased in popularity over the past decade as military services, those of the United States, in particular, have sought to codify their approach to warfare beyond [...]

Managing Space Education and Training in NATO

The JAPCC’s New Role as the Department Head for Space
By Lt Col 
Andrea 
Console 
By Lt Col 
Heiner 
Grest 
On 24 May 2016, the Assistant Director of the JAPCC, Air Commodore Madeleine Spit signed the Appointment Letter officially confirming the designation of the JAPCC as Department Head (DH) for ‘Space Support to NATO Operations’. [...]

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