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, so many will be discussed within the main conference, whilst others will be dissected in the explosive hazards focus day.
Such changes make 2017 bigger and better than ever, meaning more speakers, more formats and a much greater international focus than ever before. Whatever your remit, we're confident there's something pertinent to your role and interests and with formats geared towards creating tangible takeaways we know you'll benefit greatly from attending.
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, Peace Support 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:
Instruction, Training and Evaluation Subdirectorate Commander
Chief of Combat Engineering, Central Command
Israeli Defence Forces
J5, Strategy, Plans and Policy Chief
Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO)
Director of Engineering
Irish Defence Forces
SO EOD-IEDD, J3-5 Security and Protection
Norwegian Joint Headquarters
Head of Concept and Doctrine Development Division
NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence
G3 – Ops, Chief, Army Engineer Command HQ
OF-3 ESP A
Military Engineering Centre of Excellence, NATO
Training Development Officer, Command Training Squadron, DEMS Training Regiment
Chief, Civil-Military Cooperation Section
Director, Water Infrastructure, The Nature Conservancy & Former Chief, Army Environmental Programs
Principal Planning Officer - Engineering (SHAPE)
NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA)
Commanding General, USACE
Led the NATO response to the Humanitarian Crisis in Kosovo
Director of Strategy, UCL, STEaPP
Lecturer, Department of Physics
University of Oxford
Senior Lecturer, Centre for International Security & Resilience
Director, Terrestrial Robotics Engineering and Controls Lab
Virginia Tech (subject to final confirmation)
Lecturer, Forensic Exploitation and Intelligence
Cranfield Forensic Institute
International Sales and Marketing Manager
Foreign Military Sales Account Manager
Caterpillar Defense & Federal Products
Senior Program Manager
Senior Systems Engineer
IAI ELTA Systems Ltd., Israel
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