From Ground to Exosphere 15-Years of The Joint Air Power Competence Centre ‘NATO’s Dedicated Air and Space Warfare Centre’ Dear Colleagues, I am often asked what an Air Power Competence Centre is and what it does? I also have to sometimes explain, in these increasingly resource-constrained times, the value of the JAPCC’s work to…
Throughout 2020, the JAPCC offered expertise in the development of the NATO Warfighting Capstone Concept, working closely with our partners across ACT and ACO. NATO intends to build on this Capstone Concept as the strategic vision for the next twenty years, and the JAPCC was honored to be part of its production.
This edition of the Annual Report summarizes what was a busy 2019 and provides a glimpse into the work JAPCC will be engaged in across the Air and Space domains for 2020.
JAPCC´s 2019 Programme of Work continues to focus on supporting the evolution and transformation of Allied Joint Air and Space capabilities with an eye always towards increasing interoperability. Key areas of effort in the coming year include: Space, Air and Missile Defence, Air Command and Control, Electronic Warfare, Joint ISR, Force Protection, Unmanned and Rotary Wing capabilities, and more.
Over the following pages, this JAPCC Annual Report will highlight the key developments, projects and research that shaped Joint Air and Space Power in 2018 and which will continue to do so in the future. I encourage each of you to take a few minutes to review this document, and to contact us with questions, feedback or requests for support at any time.
It is our great pleasure to present the results of last year in the Joint Air Power Competence Centre Annual Report 2017. The past year was another successful one for the JAPCC. While we continued our core business as NATO’s catalyst for the improvement and transformation of Joint Air and Space Power; several significant projects were completed, and many new interesting activities were initiated. This was largely due to the hard work and commitment of the outstanding women and men provided by our sponsoring nations.
We are very pleased to present the Annual Report of the JAPCC for 2016. We must praise the quality and dedication of the personnel contributed by our Sponsoring Nations to the JAPCC team. The very high standard of work they delivered has allowed the JAPCC to influence the development and transformation of NATO Joint Air and Space Power through a wide range of activities.
New security threats, particularly along our southern and eastern border, created a host of new challenges for NATO in 2015. The Joint Air Power Competence Centre has been at the forefront of those issues, helping the Alliance’s military leaders establish and adapt policies and procedures to address these needs. Over the following pages, the 2015 JAPCC Annual Report will highlight the key developments, projects and research shaping Joint Air and Space Power.
In this Annual Report, you will find information on major JAPCC studies published on Air-to-Air Refuelling, Remotely Piloted Vehicles in Contested Environments, Joint Personnel Recovery, Enhancing support to Air Advisory Activities, the Single European Skies Project and, perhaps most significantly, on the Future Vector of Air Power in NATO.
Fiscal constraints, reduced manning, evolving focus of effort, operational misalignment, fleeting relevance, and a challenging strategic environment are just a few of the significant forces which united and demanded JAPCC to rethink, refocus and regroup.
2012 could well be entitled ‘The Year of Challenges’ for the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC). The JAPCC faced some difficulties in accomplishing its mission to be the Air and Space Power Transformation Agent for the Alliance and its Sponsoring Nations. Despite these challenges, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) finalised a number of projects and continued its strong Air and Space (A&S) Power Subject Matter Expert (SME) representation across NATO as members of committees, panels and working groups.