The NATO Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence (NATO MW COE) successfully conducted the 5-day Combat Functions in Mountains, Seminar for Planners. The seminar was held in Poljče between 2 and 6 October 2017.
The purpose of the seminar was – among others – to contribute to the development of future standards related to Mountain Warfare Education and Training. In addition, the seminar aimed at contributing to NATO’s operations planning process, either as an operational-level or functional-area planner, while serving within a joint operational-level headquarters. Furthermore, the seminar provided staff officers from different branches at the CJTF with the knowledge needed for successful and effective planning and leading operations in mountains, taking in consideration specific impact of difficult terrain on combat functions.
One of the main goals was to establish recommendations regarding the future development of light mountain infantry units and other branches, as well as capabilities of units that with their functional categories carry out combat functions.
The seminar has been attended by participants from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and USA, and hosted lecturers of the Austrian, Croatian, Italian and Slovenian armed forces. The seminar involved also academia-level lectures, held by representatives of civilian and military institutions, such as the Slovenian Faculty of Arts, Slovenian Faculty for Social Sciences, Croatian Military Academy and the Slovenian Armed Forces Military Museum. A significant contribution has been given by the NATO MILMED COE in Budapest, Hungary and the NATO CIMIC COE in The Hague, Netherlands.
During the seminar, several common conclusions were arrived at which could serve for the planning of possible operations in mountains. As the seminar involved the MW community of interest, it proved to be unique opportunity to share and merge international know-how on this subject matter.