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]
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.
The return to conventional warfighting role has highlighted the need for NATO to enhance its military engineering and logistics capabilities to ensure troops mobility on all levels, particularly crucial in case of a return to state-on-state conflict. This will be the core focus of the Operational Planning Exercise hosted General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, British Army (2010-2014) at this year’s Combat Support Week conference.
In this exclusive interview, Colonel Eddie Corrigan, Defence Logistics Concept and Force Development Assistant Head, UK Ministry of Defence and speaker at Combat Support Week 2019 shares exclusive insights on the potential new technologies hold for the defence support network to increase troops' readiness and efficiency through better data management and inventory oversight at an overall lower cost. In this Q&A, we answer the following questions:
- What are the current processes of the UK defence supply chain management?
- What are the consequences of failing to manage and deploy assets to support global deployments?
- How is the UK military incorporating AI and Big Data solutions into its defence supply chain to support international operations?
- What are the potential benefits of using AI and Big Data solutions in defence supply chains?
- How would you rate the current awareness of the military logisticians on the AI and Big Data solutions the industry is currently offering?
- How involved is the UK MoD in fostering a relationship between industry and the military to enhance processes within UK defence logistics?
This Q&A provides exclusive insight from Brigadier General Matt Bazeley, Commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME), British Army and speaker at Combat Support Week 2019 on the importance of bridging to current and future operations.
He discusses the impact of changing doctrine on combat engineer training, the importance of bridging for operations and ways in which industry can help make bridge-laying as a key enabler of force mobility.