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Energising Future Missions Focus Day
Due to increased operations in austere environments, changes in legislation such as the Paris agreement and supply challenges in Forward Operating Bases militaries must manage their energy and water supplies effectively to meet operational demands.
Terrain, access and weak infrastructure can make the provision of energy and water to these locations challenging, therefore contractor solutions, deployable systems and smart technology will be high on military investment agendas.
The Combat Engineer Energising Future Missions focus day will be Chaired by Dr Susanne Michaelis PhD, Officer, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO Headquarters
ENERGY AND WATER PROVISION IN AUSTERE ENVIRONMENTS
NATO forces are currently operating in a variety of environments. Due to the nature of these operating areas, water supplies do not necessarily meet the requirements of foreign militaries and local infrastructure is unable to meet a more sophisticated unit’s provision requirements. The following session will explore the different challenges faced by militaries operating in austere environments.
Keynote address by Major General Sylvain Sirois, Chief Military Engineer, Canadian Army.
MAXIMISING EFFICENCY THROUGH TECHNOLOLGY INNOVATION
The rise of information technology, software applications and sensor technology means systems have the ability to auto-manage in a smart way, depending on the needs of a camp. Coupling this with new green energy technology such as the use of renewables and low cost electricity storage allows militaries to better meet energy demands.
ENSURING SUITABLE PROVISION IN NON-DEPLOYED ASSETS
While deployed assets are essential to current missions, military infrastructure has also come under scrutiny, particularly water and power efficiency. Governmental regulations, cost and user demands mean embedding management systems and smart technology are now both an operational and local priority. The final sessions of the focus day will explore how militaries have used available technology in home nation infrastructure to maximise efficiency.