NATO Definition of a Centre of Excellence (CoE)

A nationally or multinationally sponsored entity, which offers recognized 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/or to test and validate concepts through experimentation.

The manning is ensured by the 7 Sponsoring Nations as follows (alphabetic order):

  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Slovenia

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


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

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

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

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