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What is a NATO Centre of Excellence (COE)?

 

Tranformation Pillars of Support Principles and Coes

Background

The idea for NATO Centre of Excellence (COE) originated in MC 324/1 “The NATO Military Command Structure” dated 14 May 2003. The Military Committee refined this idea into MCM-236-03 “MC Concept for COEs,” dated 04 Dec 2003. Once the idea and the concept were firmly established, the accreditation criteria were defined. In 2004, IMSM-0416-04 ?NATO COE Accreditation Criteria were agreed and the first NATO COE was formally accredited on 01 Jun 2005. Read more ...

Definition

“A COE is a nationally or multi-nationally sponsored entity, which offers recognized expertise and experience to the benefit of the Alliance, especially in support of transformation.” A COE is not part of the NATO Command Structure (NCS), but forms part of the wider framework supporting NATO Command Arrangements (NCA).

Pillars of Support Principles

  • No cost to NATO.
  • Conform to NATO Procedures, doctrines and standards.
  • No duplication with existing assets.
  • Relationships with Strategic Commands through Memorandum of Understanding agreements.
  • Relationships with partners is supported and encouraged.

 

Centres of Excellence are involved in several NATO Lessons Learned Activities. According to the guidance from HQ SACT, the COEs are expected to take the lead of lessons learned sharing in their area of expertise by initiating and administrating a specific Community of Interest in the NATO Lessons Learned Portal. Another important activity for the COEs is the regular COEs-NATO Lessons Learned Workshop organized by HQ SACT/IDLL.

Command and Control Centre of Excellence (C2 COE)

Framework Nation: The Netherlands
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Participating Nations: BEL, DEU, ESP, EST, FRA, NLD, NOR, SVK, TUR, USA

POC: c2coe@c2.coe.nato.int
LL POC: Frank.Gubbels@nr.nato
LL POC: Ron.Werkman@nr.nato
Internet website: www.c2coe.org

Analysis and Simulation Centre for Air Operations (CASPOA)

Framework Nation: France
Location: Lyon, France
Participating Nations: DEU, FRA, ITA, USA

POC: caspoa.cdaoa-retex.fct@intradef.gouv.fr
LL POC: jaques.merindol@intradef.gouv.fr
LL POC: severine.gomes@intradef.gouv.fr
Internet website: www.caspoa.org

Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE)

Framework Nation: Estonia
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Participating Nations: CZE, ESP, EST, DEU, FRA, GBR, HUN, ITA, LVA, LTU, NLD, POL, SVK, USA, AUT (CP)

POC: ccdcoe@ccdcoe.org
LL POC: ferenc.szalai@ccdcoe.org
Internet website: ccdcoe.collab.act.nato.int

C-IED Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE)

Framework Nation: Spain
Location: Madrid, Spain
Participating Nations: CZE, DEU, ESP, FRA, HUN, NLD, PRT, ROU, USA

POC: info@ciedcoe.es
LL POC: lbarthet@ciedcoe.org
Internet website: https://www.ciedcoe.org/ 

     

Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE)

Framework Nations: Germany and The Netherlands
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Participating Nations: DNK, DEU, HUN, NLD, LVA, POL, SVN

POC: LL&A@cimic-coe.org
LL POC: jakobsen.j@cimic-coe.org
LL POC: halfmann.r@cimic-coe.org
Internet website: www.cimic-coe.org

Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE)

Framework Nation: United States
Location: Norfolk, United States
Participating Nations: CAN, DEU, ESP, FRA, GBR, GRC, ITA, NLD, NOR, PRT, ROU, TUR, USA

POC: CJOS TB24 MO SO Dinuzio ROF-4
LL POC: CJOS TB24 MO SO Dinuzio R OF-4
Internet website: www.cjoscoe.org

Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW)

Framework Nation: Germany
Location: Kiel, Germany
Participating Nations: DEU, GRC, ITA, NLD, POL, TUR, FIN (CP), USA (PEP)

POC: info@coecsw.org
LL POC: m.kleibaum@coecsw.org
LL POC: j.iwanczuk@coecsw.org
Internet website: www.coecsw.org

Cold Weather Operations Centre of Excellence (COE CWO)

Framework Nation: Norway
Location: Elverum, Norway
Participating Nations: NOR

POC: coe-cwo@mil.no
LL POC: rtolgars@mil.no
LL POC: svdahli@mil.no                            
Internet website: https://forsvaret.no/en/cwo

Defence Against Terrorism Centre of Excellence (COE-DAT)

Framework Nation: Turkey
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Participating Nations: BGR, DEU, GBR, HUN, NLD, ROU, TUR, USA

POC: info@coedat.nato.int
LL POC: chief_leslearn@coedat.nato.int
LL POC: leslearn_spc@coedat.nato.int
Internet website: www.coedat.nato.int

Energy Security Centre of Excellence (ENSEC COE)

Framework Nation: Lithuania
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Participating Nations: EST, FRA, ITA, LTU, LVA, TUR

POC: info@enseccoe.org
LL POC: murat.tuncer@enseccoe.org
Internet website: www.enseccoe.org

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Centre of Excellence (EOD COE)

Framework Nation: Slovakia
Location: Trencín, Slovakia
Participating Nations: CZE, HUN, POL, ROU, SVK

POC: assistant@eodcoe.org
LL POC: vojtech.fucek@eodcoe.org
Internet website: www.eodcoe.org

HUMINT Centre of Excellence (HCOE)

Framework Nation: Romania
Location: Oradea, Romania
Participating Nations: CZE, GRC, HUN, POL, ROU, SVK, SVN, TUR, USA

POC: registry@natohcoe.org
LL POC: sever.buduca@natohcoe.org
Internet website: www.natohcoe.org

Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC)

Framework Nation: Germany
Location: Kalkar, Germany
Participating Nations: BEL, CAN, CZE, DEU, DNK, ESP, GRB, GRC, HUN, ITA, NLD, NOR, POL, ROU, TUR, USA

POC: contact@japcc.org
LL POC: milke@japcc.org
Internet website: www.japcc.de

Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence (JCBRND COE)

Framework Nation: Czech Republic
Location: Vyškov, Czech Republic
Participating Nations: CZE, DEU, FRA, GRB, GRC, HUN, ITA, POL, ROU, SVK, SVN, USA

POC: assistant@jcbrncoe.cz
LL POC: spurnyj@jcbrncoe.cz
Internet website: www.jcbrncoe.cz

Military Engineering Centre of Excellence (MILENG COE)

Framework Nation: Germany
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Participating Nations: BEL, CAN, CZE, DEU, DNK, ESP, FRA, GRB, GRC, ITA, NLD, NOR, POL, ROU, TUR, USA

POC: ikmof@milengcoe.org
LL POC: sopcdconc@milengcoe.org
Internet website: www.milengcoe.org

Military Medicine Centre of Excellence (MILMED COE)

Framework Nation: Hungary
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Participating Nations: BEL, CZE, DEU, FRA, GBR, HUN, ITA, NLD, ROU, USA

POC: pocllmed@coemed.org
LL POC: dir.pr@coemed.org
LL POC: lessons.analysis@coemed.org
Internet website: www.coemed.org

Modelling and Simulation COE (M&S COE)

Framework Nation: Italy
Location: Rome, Italy
Participating Nations: CZE, ITA

POC: mscoe.cde08@smd.difesa.it
LL POC: info@smd.difesa.it
Internet website: www.mscoe.org 

Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence (NMW COE)

Framework Nation: Belgium and The Netherlands
Location: Oostende, Belgium
Participating Nations: BEL, ITA, NLD, POL

POC: BEPARTNMW-COE@mil.be
LL POC: christophe.muylaert@mil.be
Internet website: www.eguermin.org

Military Police Centre of Excellence (MP COE)

Framework Nation: Poland
Location: Bydgoszcz, Poland
Participating Nations: BGR, CZE, DEU, GRC, HRV, ITA, NLD, POL, ROU, SVK

LLPOC: mpcoe.ll@mp.coe.nato.int LLPOC: robert.chojcan@mp.coe.nato.int LLPOC:lukasz.waga@mp.coe.nato.int
Internet website: www.mpcoe.org

Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOM COE)

Framework Nation: Latvia
Location: Riga, Latvia
Participating Nations: CAN, DEU, EST, FIN, GBR, ITA, LVA, LTU, POL, SWE

POC: info@stratcomcoe.org
LL POC: tomas.balkus@stratcomcoe.org
LL POC: grzegorz.lyko@stratcomcoe.org
Internet website: www.stratcomcoe.org

Stability Policing Centre of Excellence (SP COE)

Framework Nation: Italy
Location: Vicenza, Italy
Participating Nations: CZE, ESP, FRA, ITA, NLD, POL, ROU, TUR

POC: info@nspcoe.org
LL POC: LL2@nspcoe.org
LL POC: LL3@nspcoe.org
Internet website: www.nspcoe.org

Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence (MW COE)

Framework Nation: Slovenia
Location: Poljce, Slovenia
Participating Nations: AUT, DEU, HRV, ITA, SVN

POC: info@mwcoe.org
LL POC: igor.brinar@mwcoe.org
Internet website: www.mwcoe.org

Counter Intelligence Centre of Excellence (CI COE)

Framework Nation: Slovakia and Poland
Location: Krakow, Poland
Participating Nations: CZE, DEU, HRV, HUN, ITA, LTU, SVK, SVN, POL, ROU

POC: cicoe.registry@cicoe.org
LL POC: vaclav.novak@cicoe.org                                     LL POC: milan.skrutek@cicoe.org                            Internet website:   https://cicoe.org/

Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE)

Framework Nation: Bulgaria
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Participating Nations: BGR, GRC, POL

POC: office@cmdrcoe.org
LL POC: alexander.georgiev@cmdrcoe.org
Internet website: www.cmdrcoe.org