The mission of the Centre is to support NATO and its Nations as well as participating Partner Nations by providing Leadership, Subject Matter Expertise, and Technological Capability for all aspects of 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 vision of the Centre is to contribute to NATO Transformation by championing the exploitation of M&S to its full potential across NATO and Nations to enhance both operational effectiveness and resource management.