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.
What's New For 2017
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.
2017 Speakers Include:
Director of Operations
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy (subject to final confirmation)
Defence Expertise Centre Counter-IED, Prepare the Force
NLD Army Staff
Senior Lecturer, Centre for International Security & Resilience
Commanding Officer, Combined Armies School, Institute for Military Engineer
Austrian Armed Forces
Lecturer, Department of Physics
University of Oxford
Army Research Laboratory
Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence
Chief, Civil-Military Cooperation Section
Deputy Chief of Staff (Plans), Operational Command of RSZ
Polish Armed Forces
Commanding Officer, Corps of Engineers
Israeli Defence Forces
Chief of information Management Department, Joint Explosive Ordnance Warfar
SO EOD-IEDD, J3-5 Security and Protection
Norwegian Joint Headquarters
Senior Analyst, Allied Command Transformation
NATO (subject to final confirmation)
C-IED Report (Retd)
Capability Director, Combat Support, Science Gateway, Future UK Research
DSTL (subject to final confirmation)
Foreign Military Sales Account Manager
Caterpillar Defense & Federal Products
Head of Army Engineering, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre
Instruction, Training and Evaluation Subdirectorate Commander
Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering
Director, Terrestrial Robotics Engineering and Controls Lab
Virginia Tech (subject to final confirmation)
Head of Concept and Doctrine Development Division
NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence
General Officer Commanding, Theatre Troops, Iraq
Defence Attaché, British Embassy Iraq
Military Engineering Centre of Excellence, Sustainability Cell Chief
Chief of Staff Army Operations
Canadian Armed Forces
Director of Engineering
Irish Defence Forces
Commanding General, USACE
What are the benefits of attending?
Gain a greater understanding of effective countermeasures against the threat of explosive hazards to ensure you’re prepared for the future threat environment.
Engage with military and industry thought-leaders around the challenge of mobility to maintain freedom to manoeuvre, even in austere environments
Develop your capabilities using the emerging technologies, which are influencing future force protection measures through stronger, sustainable and energy-efficient infrastructure
Shape discussions and influence requirements as global combat support staff work to develop capabilities aimed at tackling the greatest challenges facing our community