We felt that we had to hold the conference despite the travel restrictions in place since the current situation has slowed down progress on various issues.
Canadian Army Colonel Martin Dufour (left), NATO Allied Land Commmand's Engineer Division Assistant Chief of Staff,opens the annual NATO Land Engineers Conference (NLEC) at LANDCOM's Izmir headquarters May 27-28, 2020. This is the first time the conference has been held primarily using video teleconference technology due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
While there was no specific theme aligned with the conference, it was an opportunity for the entire group to deliver and receive relevant updates from SHAPE, JFCs and the wider military engineer (MILENG) community.
"We sent out a number of agenda recommendations in advance of the NLEC and filtered recommendations from NATO MILENG organisations," said British Army Lieutenant Colonel Chris Hulme, GENG Operations and Training Branch Head. "We then focused the NLEC on the common key themes."
The key agenda items selected for focused discussion included Wide Wet gap Crossing capabilities, Counter-Mobility Operations, and Training and Interoperability.