The NATO Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence (NATO MW COE) successfully conducted the 5-day Mountain Warfare Subject Matter Expert (MW SME) Exchange of Information Seminar dealt with movement in the mountains, as well as testing equipment and techniques. The seminar was held in Poljče and Bohinjska Bela climbing area between 11 and 15 September 2017.
The seminar was in line with the main effort of the NATO MW COE, and brought together NATO and PfP members – national military experts from Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland and the United States of America.
The seminar programme focused on comparing and exchanging particular mountain-specific knowledge, required for planning and executing mountain warfare (MW) training and operations. The aim of the seminar was also to contribute to the NATO MW Publication development.
The seminar was divided into theoretical lectures, syndicate work and practical testing. With emphasis given on the practical part, a variety of systems for anchoring, trespassing of obstacles, ascending and descending, safety systems were tested. All the data measured by a dynamometer were transferred to a specially designed software and later synthesized into recommendations for future use of such equipment and devices.
During the seminar, it has been established that this event has been another step forward towards exchanging subject matter knowledge and experience.
The seminar’s topics were of particular interest to the participants as they were addressed through a practical approach to professional technical measurements.
In the future, the NATO MW COE will involve additional national and international experts, who will contribute to a more in-depth discussion and recommendations regarding the subject matter topics.