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Major General Jaap Willemse


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Major General Jaap Willemse, Royal Netherlands Air Force (Retired)

Major General Jaap Willemse is a retired officer of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. He graduated from the Atheneum-B, Veluws College, Apeldoorn in 1974 and studied econometrics at the University of Tilburg from 1974 to 1975. Major General Jaap Willemse earned a B.A. in Business Economics and graduated from the Royal Military Academy, Breda in 1979. He completed the Advanced Staff and Command Course at the Netherlands Defence Academy, The Hague in 1995 and the NATO General and Flag Officer Course at the NATO Defence College, Rome in 2001.

Major General Willemse has a distinguished record of ethical leadership, and during his diverse career, he developed broad experience in leading organisations at the tactical and operational level as well as in complex national and international staff organisations. His professional leadership experience includes:

  • 2009-2012: Assistant Chief of Staff (C4ISR), NATO Headquarters, Allied Command Transformation (ACT), Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Responsible for the development of NATO policy and capabilities in the area of Command and Control, Networks, Cyber Defence, Missile Defence. Reporting to the NATO Nations in several bodies like the Military Committee, the NATO C3Board, the Cyber Defence Management Board. Coordinating with NATO Nations, International Military Staff, International Staff, Allied Command Operations and the NATO Communication and Information Agency. Leadership responsibility and senior oversight for a staff of over 100 subject matter experts and staff officers.
  • 2006-2009: Chairman, NATO Air Defence Committee and Board of Directors, NATO Air C2 System Program. Responsible for the development of NATO Air Defence policies (Air policing, Missile Defence) as well as oversight and governance of the NATO Air C2 System (ACCS), the most complex and in budget largest NATO program. Coordination with all relevant NATO bodies and organizations as well as all NATO nations and national capitals.
  • 2005-2006: Deputy Commander, ISAF Mission in Afghanistan, NATO. Primary deputy of Commander ISAF. Amongst other things responsible for the coordination of communication with the Afghan government, NATO nations and Partner nations. Senior advisor to Commander ISAF concerning air-operations.
  • 2004-2006: Deputy Commander, NATO Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC). Responsible for the day-to-day running of the CAOC. Responsible for all air operations over Western Europe. Coordinating between national Air Defence organisations and units. Leading a staff of over 100 officers.
  • 2001-2004: Deputy Director for Materiel, Air Staff, Royal Netherlands Air Force. Project manager for all major projects of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, like the fighter aircraft replacement program, C2-systems, helicopter programs. Also responsible for maintenance policy and implementation of the Airworthiness Program of the Air Force. Leading a staff of over 200 highly trained and educated co-workers.
  • 1998-2001: Commander Leeuwarden Airbase, Royal Netherlands Air Force. Integral responsible for personnel and materiel of one of the major air bases of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Responsible for the initiation, implementation and certification of several ISO standards. Leading an organisation of over 1,100 co-workers.
  • 1981-2001: F-16 Pilot, Royal Netherlands Air Force. Several positions at all levels of command; operations as well as training and education. Flight Instructor as well as Weapons and Tactics Instructor.

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Major General Jaap Willemse is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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