In January 2013, the Spanish Chief of the Defence Staff (JEMAD in Spanish), approved, by Ministerial Order, the establishment of the Special Joint Operations Command (MCOE in Spanish), directly dependent on the Commander of the Operations Command (CMOPS in Spanish). From its creation on October 2014, it is established at Retamares Military Base in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid). MCOE has assumed all the tasks included in the Joint Special Operations.
Based on the Special Operations Section (J3B) of the Operations Command (MOPS in Spanish) and directly dependent on the CMOPS, the Special Operations Coordinator (NCOE in Spanish) was created. As NCOE was under the command of CMOPS, it serves as a transformation body from J3B to MCOE. The Spanish Special Joint Operations Command has the responsibility and capacity of performing the planning, conducting and monitoring of all the tasks related to Special Operations; thus, facilitating the integration of capacities and interoperability of the Special Operations Groups from the Spanish Army, the Spanish Navy and the Spanish Air Force. By ensuring the achievement of the above, it will also lead the joint special operations exercises and it will act as consultant of JEMAD and CMOPS in special operations issues. Moreover, it will be the national representative in all matters relating to Special Joint Operations.