Multinational Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare

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Multinational Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare
Večnacionalni center odličnosti za gorsko bojevanje
Bohinjska Bela Barracks
Bohinjska Bela Barracks
Active 2011 (established)
2015 (fully accredited)
Country Slovenia Slovenia (Framework nation)
Participating nations:
* Austria Austria
* Hungary Hungary
* Italy Italy
Allegiance NATO NATO
Type Mountain Infantry
Ski warfare
Role Military education
Part of Slovenia Doctrine, Development, Educational and Training Command
NATO Allied Command Transformation
Garrison/HQ Slovenia Bohinjska Bela, Slovenia
Website Official Webpage
Commanders
Head of Centre Colonel Boštjan Blaznik

Multinational Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare (MN COEMW; Slovene: Večnacionalni center odličnosti za gorsko bojevanje) is one of NATO Centres of Excellence, located in Bohinjska Bela, Slovenia. It is "responsible for training individuals and units for operation in the mountains and other terrains difficult to pass".[1]

Currently Centre is not fully accredited;[2] full accreditation is planned for 2015.[3]

Overview[edit]

MN COEMW is based on the Slovenian Military Mountain School, which was formed in 1996.[4] In 2004 school was chosen as site of future COE.[5]

On 15 November 2011 Slovenia (as a Framework nation) signed cooperation agreement with Austria, Hungary and Italy (as a Participating nations) regarding training of soldiers from these three countries in Bohinjska Bela; with this Centre was upgraded to multinational level.[6] Also several other countries (Germany, Turkey, Canada and Croatia) are currently planning to apply for the membership.[7]

Mission[edit]

Primary mission of the Centre is "to support the transformation of the forces and assets of mountain warfare".[8] The four core working areas are as follows: (1) education and training, (2) doctrine and concept development, (3) capability development and support to experimentation and (4) lessons identified and lessons learned processes.[9]

Currently Centre provides following courses: Military Mountaineering, Combat Decision-Making in the Mountains, Small Unit Tactics in the Mountains, Surviving in the Mountains, Military Alpine Climbing, Military Mountain Rescue and Military Mountain Guiding.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slovenian Armed Forces. "Multinational Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare". Slovenian Armed Forces. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  2. ^ TRANSNET. "COE". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Slovenian Armed Forces. "COEMW Challenges". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  4. ^ TRANSNET. "Multi-nationalized Center of Excellence for Mountain Warfare". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  5. ^ TRANSNET. "Multi-nationalized Center of Excellence for Mountain Warfare". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  6. ^ TRANSNET. "Multi-nationalized Center of Excellence for Mountain Warfare". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Slovenia to train more foreign soldiers for winter mountain combat". Word Daily News Online. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  8. ^ TRANSNET. "Multi-nationalized Center of Excellence for Mountain Warfare". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  9. ^ TRANSNET. "Multi-nationalized Center of Excellence for Mountain Warfare". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Slovenian Armed Forces. "Multinational Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare". Slovenian Armed Forces. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 

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Coordinates: 46°20′15.66″N 14°3′41.45″E / 46.3376833°N 14.0615139°E / 46.3376833; 14.0615139