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First MW Concept Development Conference

The NATO MW COE has organized the 1st NATO MW Concept Conference and Workshop, ‘Understanding the mountainous environment in order to build future MW capability’, which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 18th to 21st March 2019.

The purpose of the Conference, which was run under the patronage of the SACT, was to begin the Mountain Warfare concept development process, to develop a Community of Interest in MW, stimulating expert discussion, and to achieve an initial understanding of the complexities of MW in the combined-joint operational environment.

The conference was attended by participants from 12 different nations: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Germany, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Romania and Slovenia, coming from their national centres and units, JWC, and SACT HQs.

During the event several common conclusions were highlighted, and again this proved to be a unique opportunity to share and merge national know-how on this subject, transforming it to the Alliance’s added value.

The 2nd MW Concept Development Workshop will take place in Bolzano, Italy, from 27th to 30th May 2019. This event will focus on the military implications and combat functions of Mountain Warfare.

The final outcome – the MW Concept – will be a NATO-approved product that provides an approach to MW with a view to the challenges ahead. It will also provide a framework for potential doctrinal documents (ATP, AJP), revisions or developments. The estimated date of the production of the final MW Concept is the second half of 2020.