The Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre (CFAWC) stood up in October 2005 to become the engine of change for Air Force transformation. Ultimately the aim of the CFAWC is to be recognized as the Canadian centre of excellence for aerospace power by acting as a catalyst for aerospace power development and as a steward for aerospace power knowledge. With its mission of ensuring the evolution of Canadian aerospace power, it is intended that the CFAWC will provide the Air Force with the knowledge to acquire the right capabilities and develop appropriate doctrine to successfully conduct aerospace operations as we move into the future.
The first commanding officer of the CFAWC was Colonel James Cottingham who established the unit in two locations. The Trenton location, a lodger unit of 8 Wing, houses the command portion of the unit as well as the Concepts and Doctrine Development, Analysis & Lessons Learned, the Strategic Aerospace Research, Assessment & Liaison and the Electronic Warfare / Education and Specialty Training branches. The Air Force Experimentation Centre is located at Shirley’s Bay in Ottawa. In June 2012, Colonel Martin Cournoyer was appointed commanding officer of the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre.