Centre of Excellence – Cold Weather Operations
Surrounded by freezing temperatures and extreme weather, the Norwegian Armed Forces have experience and knowledge on how to survive and conduct military operations in cold weather.
The NATO Centre of Excellence for Cold Weather Operations acts as the main provider and coordinator of expertise and capabilities in the area of Cold Weather Operations in NATO.
We provide NATO and partner nations the necessary competence in order to operate under Arctic, sub-Arctic and Cold Weather conditions. This is done through utilising the full spectrum of competence in the Norwegian Armed Forces, coordinated with other nations' competence in cold weather environment.
The centre is a Norwegian-sponsored organisation that provides NATO with a tool to enhance interoperability in the area of operating in a cold weather climate.
The centres of excellence (COE) are not in the C2 of the NATO Command structure, but HQ SACT's Transformation Network Branch is responsible for providing the Centre with the annual Request for Support on behalf of NATO.
Due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NATO COE CWO was unfortunately forced to cancel:
• Week 2–5: NATO winter instructor course (NWIC)
• Week 6 and 7: NATO avalanche waring course, decision point week 1 2021
• Week 15 and 16: NATO staff officer winter course, decision point week 3 2021