As the Assistant Director of the JAPCC, it gives me great pleasure to introduce the 28th Edition of the ‘Journal of the JAPCC’ and congratulate authors for their most valuable contributions on Joint Air & Space Power.
I would like to start by providing a warm welcome to our new JAPCC Director, General Jeffrey L. Harrigian, who joins us from Ramstein AB, Germany and his previous position as Deputy Commander, US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa.
We have a variety of articles in this edition that will whet your appetite and we start off with an interview with the Romanian Air Chief Major General Pană, who offers us great insights into the changes of the past 15 years, since the Romanian Air Force joined NATO and the challenges lying ahead with the rapidly shifting and evolving requirements for a successful and reputable Air Force.
I am particularly grateful to The Commander of Italian Army Aviation, General Riccó, who provides answers and insight into the future of helicopters, the different kind of threats his personnel must be prepared to meet, how to improve the effectiveness of air-land integration and a 20-year outlook for Army Aviation.
The article ‘Cyberspace NOTAM!’ discusses the urgency of NATO’s Vision and Strategy on the Cyberspace Domain. ‘Is NATO Ready for Galileo?’ takes us to the space domain and highlights the possibilities, capabilities and challenges of combining GPS and Galileo to improve the overall resiliency. ‘Precision-Guided Munitions of the Future’ provides an outlook on evolving demands and related developments in the area of future weapons, mentioning possible weak spots and requirements for successful integration. The two following articles ‘Improving NATO Air Training’ and ‘Iniochos’ provide different angles on Tactical Air Training. Whilst one presents a prospect of the Future Tactical Air Training, the other one gives an insight into the largest military exercise in Greece for NATO Allies and Partner Nations. Future and current challenges regarding IAMD training and interoperability are discussed in ‘How can Modelling and Simulation Support Integrated Air and Missile Defence?’ and ’Improving Ballistic Missile Defence Interoperability’.
Our final article in this Journal ‘Command and Control in Digital Transformation’ comes from an external industrial expert who introduces the command post of the future considering current and future technological developments.
I do hope you enjoy reading this issue and encourage you to provide feedback. We welcome discussion about our articles, and also contributions to future editions if you have an Air and Space Power issue about which you are motivated to write! Should you wish to contact us directly, please visit our website www.japcc.org, like us on LinkedIn or Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or simply send us an e-mail to and provide us with your input to help foster and further the debate on the Transformation of Joint Air & Space Power.
Ciao and enjoy!
Brigadier General, ITA AF
Assistant Director, JAPCC