NATO runs courses for Operational Planning, CJOC management and Operations Assessment but not the critical bridging activity of joint synchronisation – the process of translating Plans into Orders for execution so that joint effects are delivered in time and space using lethal and non-lethal means effectively.

As a NATO-accredited Partner Training and Education Centre (PTEC), the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT) has developed the Joint Synchronisation Course (JSC), which has evolved from previous Joint Synchronisation Workshops (JSWS). As part of that spiral development of addressing synchronisation the intent of SWEDINT is offer two iterations of a fully accredited NATO APPROVED JSC in 2020.


The JSC content is guided by a former ACT Senior Mentor, and who is currently a NATO Joint Warfare Centre’s Senior EXCON Advisor. The JSC will comprise of presentations, facilitated discussions and practical problem-based learning directed at delivering the course performance objectives that are focused on: Doctrine; Joint planning and orders; JTF processes for synchronisation; delivering effects; and Synchronisation matrix development.

When concluded, participants will have a clearer understanding of the 8 main functions of synchronisation: Prioritisation; Allocation of resources; Sequencing of operations in time and space; Coordination; Harmonising to ensure third parties alignment; Opportunity; Risk Management and De-confliction. During the course participants will apply these functions to an OCCASUS scenario in an Article 5 operation.

JSC is a NATO RESTRICTED event aimed at those in the J35/J33/JAS in JTF HQs and Single Service Commands, including Components engaged in medium-term planning and JCB processes. The target audience is OF3-OF5 and may include functional SMEs such as those in JISR, Targeting, PSYOPS, CIMIC, Joint Fires/Effects and J4. The course will be conducted in English; a language proficiency of 3333 is required. The maximum number of participants for each iteration is 20. To apply, participants must complete and submit the SWEDINT CV and Application form; an early application is highly recommended.