The Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence welcomes General Philippe Lavigne

The Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence welcomes General Philippe Lavigne

Poljce, Slovenia – General Philippe Lavigne, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), arrived at the Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence (MW COE) on 14 of November to meet with senior leadership. In an era where military strategies are continually evolving, the visit highlighted the increasing importance of adapting to diverse and challenging terrains, with a particular emphasis on mountainous regions. General Lavigne, a seasoned leader with a wealth of experience, emphasized the significance of honing the skills of Mountain Warfare to ensure our forces are prepared for the complexities that such environments present in connection will the Multi Domain approach.


Mountain Warfare involves specialized training and equipment to navigate and engage effectively in elevated terrains. General Lavigne underscored the need for NATO mountain troops to be well-versed in the intricacies of mountainous landscapes, where traditional tactics may prove inadequate. The ability to operate in such environments not only enhances our strategic capabilities but also ensures the flexibility to respond to a wide range of scenarios.

In addition, General Lavigne delved into the concept of Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). In today’s interconnected world, military operations extend beyond traditional domains, encompassing land, air, sea, space, and cyberspace. MDO seeks to integrate these domains seamlessly, creating a comprehensive approach to address the complexities of modern warfare.

General Lavigne emphasized that success in the contemporary battlefield requires a holistic understanding of the interconnectedness of various domains. By adopting a Multi-Domain approach, NATO  mountain soldiers can achieve a higher level of synergy, coordination, and effectiveness, ultimately bolstering our strategic capabilities.

The visit of General Lavigne not only provided valuable insights into Mountain Warfare and Multi-Domain Operations but also served as a platform for strengthening strategic partnerships. The exchange of ideas and expertise fosters collaboration and ensures that ME COE remain at the forefront of innovation and adaptability.

As we reflect on this significant visit, it is evident that the challenges of the future demand a multifaceted approach. By embracing Mountain Warfare techniques and adopting a Multi-Domain Operations strategy, we position ourselves not only to overcome present challenges but also to thrive in the dynamic landscape of modern warfare.

SACT Commander toured the Elan factory too, which, in collaboration with our centre, manufactured materials and skis tailored to military needs. This highlights once again the significance of NATO’s collaboration with specialized external companies.

The General conclude his visit by visiting the Small Leader Unit Course during an intensive rock climbing session, concluding the event with warm greetings to the trainees. He underscored the crucial importance of such advanced training and highlighted how combining these skills with a forward-looking vision is essential for the success of Mountain Warfare operations

We extend our gratitude to General Philippe Lavigne for his enlightening visit. MW COE look forward to implementing the valuable lessons learned to enhance our military capabilities in mountainous terrain using a Multi Domain approach.

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