The role of the military engineer is becoming more diverse, expanding into new capabilities and continually facing new challenges domestically and overseas.
To some, this may bring about changes in more-typical engineering practices such as developing rapidly deployable bridging capabilities, or the need to improve freedom to manoeuvre through austere and hostile environments. To others, the vital role in contingency warfare and supporting humanitarian crises and peacetime operations become key areas of focus. Others still will be providing auxiliary assistance to the ever-changing concerns of explosive hazards, adapting beyond the current threats of IEDs and EODs. Almost all, however, will be faced with the challenge of adapting their operational capabilities to keep in line with new doctrines and legislation, continually modifying training programmes to remain current. Nevertheless, the underlying rationale remains consistent. No matter the specific area of concern, the threats are continually evolving, and therefore so must we.
Following feedback from the previous event, along with the advice received throughout our research, the 2017 conference will combine both our Military Engineering Conference with our C-IED/EOD Conference. Whilst there remains a number of topics, which will remain largely separate from the more-commonly associated engineering fields, many challenges face both communities in equal measure; attacking the network, the growth in peacetime operations and humanitarian support and developing effective solutions following the changes post OTTAWA, to name but a few.
Once again your continued support and preferences have helped shape the programme for 2017. The forthcoming conference will therefore be broken down into four key areas, allowing the conversations to centre on one specific challenge across a full morning or afternoon, as follows:
- Mobility, including obstacle crossing, stabilisation, freedom to manoeuvre and an investigation into the latest research and development into mobility capabilities.
- Humanitarian Crises, Peacetime Operations & Training, comprising diversification, training, inter-agency collaboration and the future role of the military engineer.
- Infrastructure & Power, touching upon the technical evolution of military energy systems, the use of new materials in construction and concerns surrounding logistical and procurement constraints.
- Countermobility, highlighting themes such as area denial, attacking the network, intelligence and information-sharing and a dedicated forum to the outcome of the Ottawa Convention.
Following this on 2 March, we will also be running two concurrent focus forums. The first featuring detailed discussions on explosive hazards, forensics, training and intelligence, for those concerned with matters such as C-IED and EOD. The second will take a more detailed view of smart energy, energy efficiency, hybrid technologies and their practicality in operation.
Join us at the 5th Annual Military Engineering Conference on 28 February – 2 March 2017, for your chance to network with international peers, learn from industry, academic and military thought-leaders and discover new and emerging technologies aimed at enhancing future capabilities.