Image taken during the 1st AWC Symposium. RAF High Wycombe, 23-24 March 2022.
On 31 January and 1 February 2023, the European Air Group will host an Air Warfare Centre (AWC) Symposium for the second year in a row.
Officers from the seven EAG nations, Tactical Leadership Program (TLP) and the USAFE-AFAFRICA Warfare Center are invited to represent their Warfare Centres and to engage in interoperability discussions, encompassing technological, procedural, and the human dimensions.
In most cases, the main levers to improve the operational capabilities of our nations, are likely to be the same as their European partners. Informing our Allies about our successes, failures, shortfalls and foreseen challenges regarding the preparedness of our air forces is a food way to demonstrate our trust towards each other, and potentially save time and money, by avoiding the duplication of efforts from one country to another.
The subjects to be tackled during this upcoming symposium will vary, ranging from synthetic distributed training, through UAV airworthiness, and to weapons school instructor training, to name a few. Our Chiefs of Air Staff intent will be that this symposium focuses on the lessons learned processes in place in our respective nations.
Although these subjects are sometimes too technical and complex to be thoroughly assessed in a day and a half day, by an expert but also generalist audience, the AWC symposium is a great starting point for tactical discussions that may lead to further dialogue between the nations. At a bi national or multinational level, the option to run a common project in a specific area, potentially coordinated by the EAG, is always a positive.