NATO Definition of a Centre of Excellence (CoE)

A nationally or multi-nationally sponsored entity, which offers recognised expertise and experiences to the benefit of the Alliance, especially in support of transformation. It provides opportunities to enhance education and training, to improve interoperability and capabilities, to assist in doctrine development and to test and validate concepts through experimentation.

The manning is ensured by the 6 Sponsoring Nations as follows (alphabetic order):

  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland

In the manning, expansion is already accounted for with 13 posts for additional volunteering Sponsoring Nations in the CIC and T&E Branches.


The Concepts, Interoperability, Capabilities (CIC) Branch creates studies, analyses and advises regarding NATO CIMIC, contributes to the further development of NATO CIMIC policy and delivers Subject Matter Expertise (SME).

The Training & Education (T&E) Branch conducts courses and supports customers in the field of education and training.

The Lessons Learned & Analysis (LL&A) Branch; to learn efficiently from experience and to provide validated justifications for amending the existing way of doing things to improve performance.

The Support (SPT) Branch enables the other Branches to deliver their products and gives internal support.