Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre
The Royal Canadian Air Force’s fundamental principles and proven practices for conducting air operations.
The Royal Canadian Air Force’s forum for discussing concepts, issues and ideas that are both crucial and central to air and space power.
The Royal Canadian Air Force’s collection of contemporary air-power publications.
The Royal Canadian Air Force’s programme that improves operational effectiveness and efficiency through the prudent implementation of lessons learned.
The Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre (CFAWC) will be the engine of Air Force transformation. CFAWC will become the centre of excellence for air power development, including Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) and lessons learned. In addition, CFAWC will develop and maintain the Air Force air power knowledge repository and coordinate efforts to provide advanced synthetic environment and modelling and simulation services to assist CD&E, requirements definition, operational test and evaluation (OT&E) and mission rehearsal.
To be recognized as the Canadian centre of excellence for air power by acting as a catalyst for air power development and as a steward for air power knowledge.
Through an augmentation and consolidation of air power doctrine development, concept exploration, lessons learned, and air power research and analysis functions the CFAWC will bridge an existing gap in aerospace force development by providing a responsive air power doctrine development process, a robust CD&E capability, and an integrated lessons learned program, enabled by the synthetic environment and knowledge management.
Ensuring the evolution of Canadian Air Power
The CFAWC will provide the Air Force with knowledge to acquire the right capabilities and develop appropriate doctrine to successfully conduct air operations as we move to the future.
- Provide Electronic Warfare (EW) programming support for air capability force generation and force employment
- Provide relevant doctrine to ensure successful conduct of air operations
- Provide an air synthetic environment to enable force generation through simulation
- Deliver specialist training, including air Command and Control (C2) courses
- Manage a lesson learned program that addresses operational shortcomings and shares best practice
- Enable capability integration
The Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre (CFAWC) was stood up in October 2005 to become the engine of change for Air Force transformation, by acting as a catalyst for air-power development and as a steward for air-power knowledge. It was intended that CFAWC would provide the Royal Canadian Air Force with the knowledge to acquire the right capabilities and develop the appropriate doctrine to ensure an agile and integrated Air Force well into the future.
CFAWC was established in two locations. The Trenton location, a lodger unit of 8 Wing, was established with the command portion of the unit as well as the Doctrine Development, Concept Development & Experimentation, Analysis & Lessons Learned, Research / Electronic Warfare and the Education & Specialized Training branches. The Electronic Warfare Operational Support Branch, Air Synthetic Environment Coordination Office and the Operational Research Branch were located at Shirley’s Bay in Ottawa. In 2013, as a result of infrastructure downsizing at Shirley’s Bay and the desire to consolidate CFAWC operations, the Synthetic Environment Coordination Office and Operational Research Branch began plans for relocation to Trenton.
CFAWC’s current branch structure consists of Analysis & Lessons Learned, Doctrine Development, Air Power Knowledge Development, Concept Development and Experimentation and Operational Research at the Trenton location and Air Synthetic Environment Centre and Air Electronic Warfare Support Centre at Shirley’s Bay.
Col J. E. Cottingham (2005–2008)
Col M. R. Dabros (2008–2009)
LCol J. W. MacAleese (2009–2010)
Col D. W. Joyce (2010–2012)
Col J. J. A. M Cournoyer (2012–2014)
Col K. P Truss (2014– )
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