Leadership Perspectives

Our mission is to provide key decision-makers with effective solutions to Air and Space Power challenges in order to safeguard NATO and the Nations’ interests. Therefore, the JAPCC is in constant dialogue with NATO’s political and military leadership. Interviews and viewpoints of dedicated key leaders can be found on this page.

Featured Publications

Lieutenant General 
Dennis 
Luyt 
Commander, Royal Netherlands Air Force

Transforming the RNLAF into a 5th Generation Air Force: Just Doing It!

The world is changing rapidly. The geopolitical landscape is transforming as a result of the strategic competition among existing, emerging, and revisionist powers. Simultaneously, these powers are developing emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, quantum [...]
General 
Jeffrey L. 
Harrigian 
Joint Air Power Competence Centre

Excellence in Joint Air and Space Power

The last three years presented a dynamic and challenging strategic environment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, its Allies and partners across the globe. Looking back to where we started this journey in 2019, we [...]
Brigadier General 
Sławomir 
Żakowski 
Deputy Commander, Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem

Polish Air Force – Transition from Warsaw Pact to NATO

The JAPCC’s Interview with Brigadier General Sławomir Żakowski, Deputy Commander, Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) Uedem, Germany. I associate the 1990s primarily with Poland regaining full sovereignty as a result of the collapse of the [...]
Major General 
Gianluca 
Carai 
Chief of General Planning and Financial Division, Italian Army General Staff

The ‘Land Approach’ to the Space Domain

Space has recently been recognized by NATO as the fifth operational domain for military operations and guarantees fundamental services and applications for all Armed Forces, strongly influencing the success of modern military operations. Main services provided [...]
Lieutenant General 
Klaus 
Habersetzer 
Executive Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (2018-2021)

Dynamic Challenges and the Need to Adapt

Since its establishment in 2005, the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) has aimed to provide key decision-makers with effective solutions to Air and Space Power challenges. This is our mission, and by doing so, [...]
Brigadier General (ret.) 
Giuseppe 
Sgamba 
Assistant Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (2016-2021)

The Need for Speed

2020 was a challenging year, as we continued to provide deterrence and security for our Alliance in the face of the CoVID-19 Pandemic. I was impressed by the way all of us continually found innovative [...]
General 
Tod D. 
Wolters 
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

Vigilance Must Endure

NATO’s comprehensive deterrence and defence activities continue to sustain peace and defend the sovereignty of member nations across the Euro-Atlantic area with overwhelming success. However, we must maintain positive campaign momentum with respect to our [...]
Lieutenant General 
Ingo 
Gerhartz 
Chief of the German Air Force

The Luftwaffe in Multi-Domain Operations

NATO is living through one of the most challenging periods of its existence. Our security environment has become even more complex and increasingly dynamic. Our security situation is characterized by crises, conflicts and the revival [...]
Major General 
Phillip 
Stewart 
Commander, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force

Alliance Ground Surveillance Force

The NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF) is a ‘quantum leap’ in NATO’s Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, with unprecedented integration to benefit NATO and all 30 Alliance nations. It is the world’s most [...]
Major General 
Juan P. 
Sánchez de Lara 
Commander in Chief Canary Islands Air Command

Space Situational Awareness

Space operations have arrived to stay. The later we realize it, the later we will be organized, equipped, trained and therefore ready to respond to any incident affecting the access to our National space services [...]
Major General 
Petr 
Hromek 
Commander of the Czech Air Force

Czech Air Force – Now and in the Future

On 1 May 2018, Major General Petr Hromek became the new Commander of the Czech Air Force. He replaced Major General Jaromir Šebesta. Despite the fact that the Czech Air Force may be thought of [...]
Major General 
Tonje 
Skinnarland 
Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force

Modernizing NATO in the North

First, I would stress that in the European part of the Alliance we need to pay attention both to the South, East and the North. In many ways, the different regions have different challenges. However, [...]
Major General (ret.) 
Timothy M. 
Zadalis 

Multi-Domain Command and Control

‘War is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters of the factors on which action in war is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty. […] The commander in war must work [...]
General 
Tod D. 
Wolters 
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

Sustaining the Most Powerful Military Alliance

Over the past year and a half, it has been a privilege to command NATO’s Allied Air Command (AIRCOM), US Air Forces Europe and US Air Forces Africa. Add in the role as the Director [...]
Major General 
Max A.L.T. 
Nielsen 
Chief of Air Staff, Defence Command Denmark

Royal Danish Air Force – Next Generation

After more than fifteen years of fighting terrorism, we have grown accustomed to being superior to our opponent in regards to our war fighting capabilities. In the near future, we must – once again – [...]
Lieutenant General 
Mike 
Hood 
Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force

The Royal Canadian Air Force and NATO

Interview with Lieutenant General Michael J. Hood, Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF support to NATO is clearly implicit in the Canadian Armed Forces’ three enduring roles: defence of Canada; defence of North America in [...]
General (ret.) 
Frank 
Gorenc 
Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (2013-2016)

NATO Air Power

‘If we lose the war in the air, we lose the war and we lose it quickly.’ General Bernard Law Montgomery, SHAPE Deputy SACEUR 1951–1958 My three-year tour as the commander of NATO Allied Air [...]
Lieutenant General (ret.) 
Alexander 
Schnitger 
Commander, Royal Netherlands Air Force (2012-2016)

Fit for the Future

Some call it the post-industrial age. I feel uncomfortable with this designation. The most influential driver of this new world, this new society, I believe is the exponential technological development witnessed in all areas of [...]
Lieutenant General (ret.) 
Pasquale 
Preziosa 
Chief of the Italian Air Force (2013-2016)

Daily Ready to Serve Italy and NATO

The Italian Air Force has been carrying out airborne ISR operations with our RPAS for ten years, with a large operational experience accumulated both in various out-of-area operations and in support of other govern­mental agencies [...]
Lieutenant General 
Joachim 
Wundrak 
Executive Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (2012-2018)

If We Are Not Talking About Air, Who Else Will?

With this journal issue, the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) celebrates its 10th anniversary. The JAPCC was and has been, since its accreditation in 2005, the first and largest NATO Centre of Excellence (CoE). [...]
Air Commodore 
Madelein M.C. 
Spit 
Joint Air Power Competence Centre (2014-2018)

Looking Back …

Since it was established in 2005, The Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), NATO’s first Centre of Excellence (CoE), was empowered to advance improvements and the transformation process of Joint Air and Space Power (A&SP) [...]
Lieutenant General 
Karl 
Müllner 
Chief of the German Air Force Staff

Luftwaffe Preparing for Future Challenges

Lieutenant General Karl Müllner is the Chief of Staff of the German Air Force (GAF). The JAPCC is grateful for the support we receive from the GAF and from Lieutenant General Müllner personally. Recently, he [...]
General (ret.) 
Frank 
Gorenc 
Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (2013-2016)

Interview with General Gorenc

I’m very familiar with the US Air Forces Europe and US Air Forces Africa mission sets having been previously assigned to Ramstein AB, Germany as the 3rd Air Force Commander. During this time frame, 3rd [...]
General 
Philip M. 
Breedlove 
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

The JAPCC Interview with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe

I have spent almost a third of my military career in Europe, but primarily in national positions. Commanding AIRCOM was my first real tour in NATO. Discussing and working together with my counterparts from the [...]

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