NATO-accredited Centres of Excellence

Air Operations (AO) COE
also known as the Centre for Analysis and Simulation of Air Operations (CASPOA)
Location: Lyon, France
Expertise: command and control in joint and multinational air operations. The centre uses computer assisted exercises (CAX) and command post exercises (CPX) to achieve this objective. The COE also analyses lessons learned from both real operations and exercises to aid in training personnel and developing simulation tools.
Framework Nation: France
Accreditation: 2008

Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) COE
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
Expertise: improving civil-military interaction and cooperation between NATO, Sponsoring Nations and other military and civil groups by utilising the skills and expertise of CIMIC’s own staff. The centre is also open to other international organisations (European Union, non-governmental organisations and scientific institutions).
Framework Nations: Germany and the Netherlands
Accreditation: 2007

Cold Weather Operations (CWO) COE
Location: Bodø, Norway
Expertise: focuses on operations in the extreme cold and collaborates with other institutions, for instance the Mountain Warfare COE in Slovenia.
Framework Nation: Norway
Accreditation: 2007

Combined Joint Operations from the Sea (CJOS) COE
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Expertise: countering global security challenges by improving the ability of the Sponsoring Nations and NATO to conduct combined joint operations from the sea. It also advises the Alliance on how to improve multinational education, training, doctrine and interoperability on maritime operations.
Framework Nation: The United States
Accreditation: 2006

Command and Control (C2) COE
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Expertise: providing expertise on all aspects of the Command and Control (C2) process with a focus on the operational environment. It also assists NATO with exercises and assessment processes and supports ACT Headquarters with policy, doctrine, strategy and concept development, and provides C2 training.
Framework Nation: The Netherlands
Accreditation: in 2008

Cooperative Cyber Defence (CCD) COE
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Expertise: fostering cooperation, capabilities and information sharing on cyber security between NATO countries using, for instance, exercises, law and policy workshops, technical courses and conferences to prepare NATO and sponsoring nations to detect and fight cyber attacks. It also conducts research and training on several areas of cyber warfare.
Framework Nation: Estonia
Accreditation: 2008

Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) COE
Location: Madrid, Spain
Expertise: enhancing the capabilities needed to counter, reduce and eliminate threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by offering multinational courses for C-IED experts.
Framework Nation: Spain
Accreditation: 2010

Counter Intelligence (CI) COE
Location: Kraków, Poland
Expertise: helping to expand the capabilities of the Alliance, its member countries and partners by providing comprehensive expertise in the area of counter-intelligence. It aims to act as a catalyst for NATO adaptation and operations by supporting the development, promotion and implementation of new policies, concepts, strategies and doctrine that transform and enhance NATO counter-intelligence capabilities and interoperability.
Framework Nations: Poland and Slovakia
Accreditation: 2015

Crisis Management and Disaster Response (CMDR) COE
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Expertise: helping NATO, its members and partner countries in improving their capacity to deal with crises and disaster response operations through collaborative partnerships.
Framework Nation: Bulgaria
Accreditation: 2015

Defence Against Terrorism (DAT) COE
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Expertise:  defending against terrorism, providing training on counter-terrorism, assisting in the development of doctrine and helping to improve NATO’s capabilities and interoperability. It also publishes the Defence Against Terrorism Review twice a year.
Framework Nation: Turkey
Accreditation: 2006

Energy Security (ENSEC) COE
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Expertise: supporting NATO’s capability development process, mission effectiveness, and interoperability in the near, mid and long term by providing expertise on all aspects of energy security.
Framework Nation: Lithuania
Accreditation: 2012

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) COE
Location: Trenčín, Slovakia
Expertise: supporting and enhancing NATO transformation and operational efforts in the EOD area, while improving relations, interoperability and practical cooperation with partners, NATO command elements, member countries and international organisations. The Centre also works with NATO in the areas of standardization, doctrine development and concept validation.
Framework Nation: Slovakia
Accreditation: 2011

Human Intelligence (HUMINT) COE
Location: Oradea, Romania
Expertise: human intelligence expertise for Strategic Commands and other NATO bodies to improve interoperability and standardization, and contribute to doctrine development through experimentation, testing and validation.
Framework Nation: Romania
Accreditation: 2010

Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC)
Location: Kalkar, Germany
Expertise: improving the space, land and maritime air power operations of the Alliance by developing and advancing new ideas for the command, control and use of air assets from all service branches, while ensuring the implementation of those ideas. It also supports the Strategic Commands and Sponsoring Nations.
Framework Nation: Germany
Accreditation: 2005

Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence (JCBRN Defence) COE
Location: Vyškov, Czech Republic
Expertise: develops defence doctrines, standards and knowledge with the goal of improving interoperability and capabilities in the area of CBRN defence. It advises NATO, Sponsoring Nations and other international organisations and institutions and shares lessons learned. It also trains and certifies the CBRN Defence Task Force of the NATO Response Force.
Framework Nation: The Czech Republic
Accreditation: 2007

Maritime Security (MARSEC) COE
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Expertise: expand the capabilities of NATO and Partner Nations by providing comprehensive innovative and timely expertise in the field of Maritime Security Operations
Framework Nation: Turkey
Accreditation: 2020

Military Engineering (MILENG) COE
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Expertise: joint and combined military engineering, with the aim of improving interoperability.
Framework Nation: Germany
Accreditation: 2010

Military Medicine (MILMED) COE
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Expertise: developing the provision of effective, sustainable and ethical full-spectrum health services at best value to the Allies. It focuses on medical training and evaluation, standards development and lessons learned, while striving to improve multinational medical capabilities and interoperability. 
Framework Nations: Hungary and Germany
Accreditation: 2009

Military Police (MP) COE
Location: Bydgoszcz, Poland
Expertise:  enhancing the capabilities of Military Police in NATO, fostering interoperability, and providing expertise on MP activities.
Framework Nation: Poland
Accreditation: 2014

Modelling and Simulation (M&S) COE
Location: Rome Italy
Expertise: focus on education, training, knowledge management, lessons learned, analysis, concept development, experimentation, doctrine development and interoperability in the field of modelling and simulation.
Framework Nation: Italy
Accreditation:  2012

Mountain Warfare (MW) COE
Location: Poljče, Slovenia
Expertise: preparing both individuals and units for operations in mountainous and other difficult terrain, as well as in extreme weather conditions. More specifically, developing mountain warfare-specific doctrine and tactics; concept development and experimentation; mountain warfare lessons learned process; supporting capability development, and education and training.
Framework Nation: Slovenia
Accreditation: 2015

Naval Mine Warfare (NMW) COE
Location: Oostende, Belgium
Expertise: providing Naval Mine Countermeasures (NMCM) courses to naval personnel from Belgium and the Netherlands. It also acts as NMCM technical advisor to Allied Command Operations, assists NATO’s Operational Commands and offers courses to NATO, partner and other non-NATO countries.
Framework Nations: Belgium and the Netherlands
Accreditation: 2006

Security Force Assistance (SFA) COE
Location: Rome, Italy
Expertise: promoting stability and reconstruction efforts for conflict and post-conflict scenarios through related lessons learned, education and training analysis, development of concept and doctrine activities.
Framework Nation: Italy
Accreditation: 2018

Stability Policing (SP) COE
Location: Vicenza, Italy
Expertise: increasing contributions to the stability and reconstruction efforts of the Alliance in post-conflict scenarios.
Framework Nation: Italy
Accreditation: 2015

Strategic Communications (StratCom) COE
Location: Riga, Latvia
Expertise: developing improved strategic communications capabilities within the Alliance by helping to advance doctrine development and harmonisation, conducting research and experimentation, identifying lessons learned from applied StratCom during operations, and enhancing training and education.  It also operates as a hub for debate within various StratCom disciplines: Public diplomacy, public affairs, military public affairs, information operations and psychological operations.
Framework Nation: Latvia
Accreditation: 2014
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