The 2nd NATO Mountain Warfare (MW) Concept Development Conference and the associated Workshop took place in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy, between 27 and 30 May 2019. The aim of the event was aimed to continue the developing of the MW Community of Interest, and to encourage expert discussion on the military implications and combat functions of MW. During the conference, military and civilian experts were sharing topics related to MW technology and Command and Control challenges.
The key message from the event was that NATO needs Mountain Warfare capabilities in fighting, providing support, enabling and cooperating with partners, GOs and NGOs. This is accomplished through combat functions, which are common in joint operations at all levels of warfare and which fall into seven basic groups — C2, information, intelligence, fires, maneuver, protection and sustainment.