NATO Centres of Excellence: Home


This LibGuide includes links to content found on the web (e.g. websites, news & blogs, reports, etc.) as well as a select number of articles and books available from the NATO Multimedia Library.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive collection of material on NATO's Centres of Excellence. The selection criteria for the websites and documents included was based on each item's currency and relevancy to this topic. 

Furthermore, quick search boxes for online databases subscribed by the Library (available to staff working at NATO HQ) as well as links to the library catalog are available for you to locate additional resources.


This LibGuide is intended to provide a few starting points to assist you with your research on issues related to NATO's Centres of Excellence (COE).

From the NATO Topic page on Centres of Excellence:

Centres of Excellence (COEs) are nationally or multi-nationally funded institutions that train and educate leaders and specialists from NATO member and partner countries, assist in doctrine development, identify lessons learned, improve interoperability, and capabilities and test and validate concepts through experimentation. They offer recognized expertise and experience that is of benefit to the Alliance and support the transformation of NATO, while avoiding the duplication of assets, resources and capabilities already present within the NATO command structure.

Coordinated by Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, Virginia in the United States, COEs are considered to be international military organizations. Although not part of the NATO command structure, they are part of a wider framework supporting NATO Command Arrangements. Designed to complement the Alliance’s current resources, COEs cover a wide variety of areas, with each one focusing on a specific field of expertise to enhance NATO capabilities.

The NATO accredited Centres of Excellence include:
In addition, there are 3 non-accredited Centres of Excellence in development:
  • Military Police (MP)
  • Modelling and Simulation (M&S)
  • Mountain Warfare (MW)
More information about NATO COEs can be found on the

According to the report, Operational Assessment of a NATO Response Force by Colonel Royal Netherlands Army G.J. Kanis (Director Command and Control Centre of Excellence):

In 2002 at the Prague summit it was decided to reorganize the NATO Command Structure. It was also decided that NATO should make more use of the knowledge that is available in the NATO nations. The final decision on the new structure was approved in the NATO document MC 324/1. This document for the first time referred to national or multi-national funded Centres of Excellence (CoE) or knowledge centres, and the Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation (SACT) was assigned to coordinate all CoE efforts within NATO.