NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

Celebrating Two Decades of Insight: The 20th Anniversary Edition of Joint Warfare Centre’s The Three Swords Magazine

October 24, 2023

STAVANGER, NORWAY.  Since 2005, the Joint Warfare Centre’s (JWC) The Three Swords Magazine has been the cornerstone for those navigating the complexities of joint warfare and security challenges. NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre proudly presents the 20th Anniversary Edition of this esteemed journal, a testament to its enduring commitment to sharing insights, opinions, and developments in the field.

Published by the Public Affairs Office of the Joint Warfare Centre, The Three Swords Magazine has been a trusted source of information and analysis for military professionals, scholars, and enthusiasts alike. This special edition not only commemorates its legacy but also reinforces its pivotal role in fostering a deeper understanding of key defence and security issues.

One of the highlights of this 20th Anniversary Edition is the inclusion of forewords from Bjørn Arild Gram, the Norwegian Minister of Defence, General Philippe Lavigne, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and General Christopher Cavoli, Supreme Allied Commander Europe. These introductions provide a contextual backdrop to the evolving landscape of joint warfare and security.

Additionally, this edition includes a special article authored by Admiral Rob Bauer, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. In his thought-provoking piece, he explores the contours of a new era of collective defence, shedding light on the strategic shifts and challenges that demand our attention.

Admiral Bauer’s article serves as a cornerstone of this unique edition. His insights provide a holistic perspective on the evolving landscape of defence and underscores the importance of adaptability and collaboration in today’s world.

While The Three Swords Magazine typically highlights the Joint Warfare Centre’s mission areas, such as Warfare Development, exercises, and wargaming, this edition goes beyond the conventional. It delves into the intricacies of cognitive warfare, decision-making, and cognitive bias – topics that are at the forefront of modern security challenges.

As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Three Swords Magazine, we are reminded of its enduring legacy. It continues to be a vital conduit for the exchange of ideas and information, fostering the collective knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of modern security challenges. The Joint Warfare Centre and its partners remain steadfast in their commitment to sharing expertise and fostering a deeper understanding of the evolving dynamics of joint warfare and security in the 21st century.

Past issues of The Three Swords Magazine can be found here.