12th - 14th November 2019
Krakow, Poland
Focus Day 12th November 2019


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Combat Engineer Main 2-Day Conference Agenda

The scale of investment in European defence from NATO partners and the European Union requires the continued development of military engineer capabilities. Whether it be achieving freedom of movement, developing new area denial and anti-access systems, building self-sustaining tactical bases or researching innovative gap crossing systems, military engineer capabilities remain a significant area of investment.

Combat Engineer 2018 will explore how modern military engineer capability can be improved to support NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, plans and deployments, NATO response forces and the Connected Forces Initiative. The conference provides a unique opportunity for military engineers and industry to showcase and discuss the latest developments in capability requirements and industry solutions.

The Combat Engineer 2018 conference will be chaired by Major General Robert Talbot Rice, Former Director of the UK MoD's Land Equipment Procurement


DENYING THE ENEMY MANOEUVRABILITY

Counter-mobility operations affect an enemy’s ability to manoeuvre freely and selectively deny him the use of terrain. They may also reduce the effect of an attacker’s superiority in numbers, and channel him into areas of our choosing where he can be defeated. Counter-mobility planning must also take account of own-force manoeuvre requirements. By successfully denying enemy freedom movement, militaries are better placed to defeat the enemy.


UTILISING VEHICLES FOR COMBAT ENGINEERING

With forces becoming more mobile and reactive due to the threat of mechanised forces, it is imperative engineers can utilise equipment that is fast and efficient. Vehicles provide a platform that allows engineers to carry out traditional engineering tasks at a much faster such as minefield clearance and the building of obstructions. This section sets out to explore the vehicles available to engineers and how they are used in service.


ENHANCING MOBILITY FOR MODERN OPERATIONS

Military forces require the ability to move rapidly and freely in the area of operations in order to fulfil their primary mission. Mobility is necessary to achieve concentration of effort and rapidly engage or disengage the enemy. Superior mobility may compensate for numerical inferiority and is affected by terrain, weather and enemy activity. This section of the agenda will be exploring modern operations and how military engineering has led to their success.


ENGINEERING IN COLD WEATHER CONDITIONS

Forces operating under cold weather conditions must be capable of performing all types of operations, but due to these conditions, the execution of these will be exceptionally difficult and more time-consuming. The critical aspect of operations in extreme cold conditions is that the survival of the force may be a more difficult problem than dealing with the enemy. Success will depend on the training, equipment and acclimatisation of forces.


EFFECTIVE UNDERSTANDING AND INTELLIGENCE FOR EXPLOSIVES

The nature and character of warfare will continue to change, and evolve, becoming more complex and asymmetric. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) can be both simple to construct but very sophisticated due to the incorporation of modern electronic. There is a clear need not only to understand the characteristics of IEDs, but also how to interdict an adversary’s IED system.


BASE PROTECTION ON OPERATIONS

Effective base protection does not rely on a single technique or action. It comes from a combination of measures both procedural and physical that seek to deter or mitigate the effects of an attack. The fortification of operational bases is a key consideration in both urban and rural operating areas and the latest innovations in base protection and perimeter security remain high on military agendas.


MAINTAINING ENERGY SECURITY ON OPERATIONS

To maintain bases on operations, militaries must be able to enhance their energy security against the threat of grid outages. This can be from both extreme weather or cyber attacks but will also allow militaries to achieve peak efficiency and renewable energy commitments. This section of the agenda looks at how militaries are preparing themselves to meet current security and energy challenges.