In order to explore potential solutions to emerging Mountain Warfare (MW) challenges, address capability needs and identified gaps, and present future development in mountain warfare, the NATO Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence (MW COE) has proposed a MW Concept Development initiative. The final outcome – the MW Concept – will be a NATO-approved product that provides an approach to MW which can respond to the upcoming challenges. It will also provide a framework for potential doctrinal documents (ATP, AJP), revisions or developments. The estimated completion date of the final MW Concept would be in the second half of 2020.
To facilitate the work process, an internal refresher training workshop for the MW Concept Development process was organized between 16 and 17 January 2019, and the SMEs were invited to contribute with their rich experience.
As a way forward, the NATO MW COE is organizing the 1st NATO MW Concept Conference and Workshop. The event, ‘Understanding the Mountain Environment in order to Build Future MW Capability’, will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, between 18 and 21 March 2019. The aim of this next step in the NATO MW COE Concept Development process, which will be run under the patronage of the SACT, is to develop a Community of Interest on MW, stimulating expert discussion, and to achieve initial understanding (setting the stage) of the complexities of MW in a combined-joint operational environment.