27 February - 1 March 2018 | London Marriott Hotel Regents Park, London, United Kingdom

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Download the Combat Support Week Brochure

Senior military logisticians and engineers will be in London from 27 Feb-1 Mar 2018 for Combat Support Week - the only event providing the military with strategies to enable end-to-end mission support and rapid deployment in austere and contested operational environments.

The co-located Military Engineering and Defence Supply Chain Logistics conferences will integrate a collaborative, end-to-end approach to combat support through joint-force panels, industry case studies and shared networking sessions. Download the brochure for more information.

2018 Combat Support Week Attendee List

Take a look at the attendee list to see who you could meet at Combat Support Week 2018!

Improving security and stabilisation through environmental protection: NATO's role in facilitating the discussion

Preserving the environment during military operations can improve stabilisation and foster lasting security, a key condition for sustainable development. NATO's policy states that all member nations armed forces must respect environmental policies and principles under all conditions but they are only fully liable if they implement it into their own national law.

We had the exclusive opprtunity to meet Dr. Susanne Michaelis, Officer at the Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO and speaker at the 2018 Military Engineering conference, to discuss the importance and challenges associated with environmental protection and security and NATO's role in greening defence around the world.

Countering IEDs: 3 lessons learnt from Afghanistan

The number of casualties and injuries resulting from IEDs is currently decreasing in countries under the U.S Central Command's authority but are increasing in Afghanistan. Cheap, unpredictable and extremely lethal, IEDs quickly became the weapon of choice for insurgents during the Afghan war.

Ahead of the annual Military Engineering conference (27th - 1st March), Defence IQ compiled information from a wide range of sources on the three lessons we can learn from the ongoing IED threat in Afghanistan.


Building Peace: Military Engineers on Peacekeeping Operations This Year

The expansion of peacetime and humanitarian operations presents today’s military engineer with a range of responsibilities in aid of ensuring international forces can provide support to civilians, whatever the situation. From construction projects to mine clearance, this map looks at some of the most interesting developments that have taken place across the world in the past year.

International Military Engineering 2017 will include discussion of peacekeeping lessons and developments from the perspectives of engineers and solution-providers.

Military Engineering - A Visual Guide to Modern Military Engineering

With uncertainty around future operational commitments, the pressures of the current humanitarian security environment, the anticipated effects of global warming, and the increasing sophistication of threats, the context for engineering operations has become vastly more complex. Military engineers must now be prepared to play a broader role than at any time in history, while continuing to provide excellent delivery of conventional capabilities. This visual guide presents a landscape-view of operations today and tomorrow, as well as a look into the development of FOB protection in the coming years and recommendations on which of our conference speakers will be covering these topics...

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Renewable Energy on the Front Line: Interactive Diagram

The case for reducing fuel supplies in theatre can be made in the fact that energy efficiency does not just save money, but also saves lives, reducing casualties through the simplification of logistics. In spite of the drawdown from Afghanistan, military planners must focus on the future, anticipating that the next deployed ground force will need to be outfitted with the best capability possible to generate enough energy on-base. View the diagram and scroll over the green energy buttons to learn more...

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Army calls for establishment of 'military engineering industry consortium'

Following the release of the British government’s 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the British Army is seeking to establish an industry consortium to help source new and innovative solutions, beginning with the 2016 International Military Engineering conference. Colonel Jason Hones, Head Maneouvre Support for the British Army’s Capability Directorate Combat Support (CDCS) states that this event "will hopefully be the start of the conversation that leads to the establishment of a Military Engineering Industry Consortium. We want to know how we can set that up and who to involve."

Saving lives by improving fuel efficiency

The operational need for investment into frontline renewables

The military is in the business of winning war, not saving energy – this is the somewhat jaded sentiment that has often been voiced by fuel-focused defence personnel. Going ‘green’ was more likely to refer to the colour of their fatigues rather than the military’s concern for their carbon footprint...[Read on]

Counter-tunnelling a ‘growing’ challenge for combat engineers, says IDF

From automated air defences to unmanned ground vehicles, the advance of technology is going a long way to providing much-needed coverage. However, with the prominence of these counter-measures, there is a growing risk that militants are finding ways to circumvent them, including methods that were first tried and tested thousands of years ago. Brigadier General Oshri Lugasi, will be briefing on this fascinating topic at the International Military Engineering 2016 conference...

Military Engineering: Fact Sheet

Military Engineering 2015: Find out which nations have active programmes in the field of renewable energy and how their current timelines look. This quick fact sheet also includes selected facts, figures, targets, quotes and links to help you understand the military/commercial landscape.

Military Engineering eMagazine: Training, Humanitarian Operations & More

The role of the military engineer is becoming more diverse, expanding into new capabilities and continually facing new challenges domestically and overseas. 

This free eMagazine provides updates on the developments taking place worldwide in the areas of mine clearance, smart energy, training, and engineering units.

Exclusive interviews include Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Timothy Cross, who discusses the progress and role of private contractors in modern humanitarian operations based on his personal experience in building refugee camps in during his deployment in Kosovo. Meanwhile, the Spanish Army's Brig. Gen Miguel García García de las Hijas, Instruction, Training and Evaluation Subdirectorate Commander, explains his Force's approach to educating the combat engineer.

Both gentlemen will be briefing at the International Military Engineering forum (Feb 2017; London, UK), so join them (and us!) to learn and network with the experts in this domain.