JWAC traces its inception to a program office of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) during the 1981 Iran hostage rescue mission, Operation Eagle Claw. At that time, a small group of employees in F Department answered a request from the Pentagon to help with one aspect of that mission. The concepts that they developed in response formed the basis for what came later.

In time, that program office evolved into the Warfare Analysis Department (J) in 1990, then the Naval Warfare Analysis Center (NAVWAC) in 1993, and finally, JWAC the next year. Over the years since, JWAC has grown in numbers and in focus to meet the changing threats facing our country, but its core mission of providing joint, analytical support to the military has remained constant and continues to guide us in all we do.

Since 2011, JWAC has been a proud component command of U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Neb., “working to deter military attack on the United States and its allies.”


The Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) provides combatant commands, Joint Staff, and other customers with effects-based analysis and precision targeting options for selected networks and nodes to carry out the national security and military strategies of the United States during peace, crisis, and war.


Since 1994, the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) has provided engineering and scientific analysis to both civilian and military leaders to help defend the United States and its allies.


To accomplish its mission, JWAC relies on information provided by intelligence agencies with which it works to analyze some of the toughest problems faced by battlefield commanders and their political counterparts today and, by using the best analytical programs and methods available, recommends solutions to these problems. It responds to crises, participates in annual war games, and even supports humanitarian relief efforts like the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Customers range from the Joint Staff to task forces, from combatant commands and to civilian executive departments like Homeland Security and the Treasury. Starting in 2004 and in every year since, the JWAC has deployed dozens of civilian and military analysts to Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere to direct customer support to the men and women on the front lines of the War on Terror.