The mission of the M&S COE is to support NATO and Nations in their transformation efforts by providing subject matter expertise on all aspects of the M&S activities.


To complement the existing NATO M&S capabilities, the M&S COE will be generally committed to:

1. Education & training:


  • Coordinate Training and Expert Certification for M&S Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).
  • Organise M&S courses, symposia and workshops.
  • Support the operational training of M&S tools, processes and systems.
  • M&S support to NATO operations and training.
  • Interact with national M&S agencies, institutions, industry, academia and organizations.

2. Knowledge Management, Lessons Learned and Analysis:


  • Support the development and management of shared repositories for models, simulations, data, techniques, tools and best practices.
  • Support and integrate Repositories of Best Practices, lessons identified and lessons learned in cooperation with NATO and National Lessons Learned centres.
  • Support definition and verification of M&S technical architectures.
  • Support development and maintenance of shared database of models and scenarios.
  • Support the development and integration of existing and future NATO and National M&S tools and activities.
  • Interact with national M&S agencies, institutions, industry, academia and organizations.

3. Support to Concept development and experimentation:


  • Contribute to the development of concepts and conduct of experimentation, which require M&S expertise.
  • Simulation Based Acquisition (SBA).
  • Support the development of capabilities through the M&S COE Test bed.

4. Doctrine development, standards and interoperability:


  • M&S System Integration and interoperability.
  • Contribute to the linking of real world and simulation systems.
  • Provide advice and assistance to NATO and national authorities in the area of M&S systems, interconnectivity and data transfer.
  • Assist to identify NATO and National M&S capability gaps.
  • Provide proposals and new perspectives for transformation in the field of M&S.
  • Interact with national M&S agencies, institutions, industry, academia and organizations.
  • Define interoperability testing requirements and conduct testing activities to contribute to assess and verify interoperability of M&S systems and architectures.
  • Execute M&S verification and validation activities to facilitate the accreditation of models, simulations and data.

In addition to the aforementioned activities, the COE will seek collaborative relationships with Industry, Academia and other organizations, which may include but not limited to:

  • Provision of SMEs.
  • Access to Battlelabs.
  • Event Connectivity.
  • Innovation, prototyping and tools within a cooperative environment.
  • Collaboration with NATO Industrial Advisory Group.
  • Shared expositions with industry at events such as ITEC, I/ITSEC, MODSIM World.
  • Residential presence.
  • Current Techniques for training M&S.
  • Synergy with NATO Defense College and other NATO Schools.
  • Access to research.


The main short term objective of NATO M&S COE is to provide NATO and Nations a M&S framework composed of Distributed Simulation Environment and Subject Matter Experts in M&S for Concept Development and Experimentation purposes. The main long term objective of NATO M&S COE is to create persistent distributed M&S framework among COEs, Nations, NATO training entities (JFTC, JWC) and key industry players, and to become influential entity in the M&S standardization field. NATO M&S COE with its M&S framework will become glue for interdisciplinary military projects.