Brusells. NATO’s highest Military Authority, thee, will meet on 12-13 January 2022, in Brussels.
Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the Military Committee, will preside over the sessions, which will be attended by the Allied Chiefs of Defence.
They will be supported by General Tod Wolters (Supreme Allied Commander Europe, SACEUR) and General Philippe Lavigne (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, SACT).
The NATO Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session (MCCS) enables the Chiefs of Defence to meet and discuss issues of strategic importance to the Alliance.
The Allied Chiefs will meet with their operational partners to discuss the NATO-led Mission in Iraq and the Kosovo Force Mission.
The Military Committee will also meet, for the last time in this format, with their former Resolute Support Partners to discuss the lessons learned/lessons identified from Afghanistan.
The Allied Chiefs of Defence will then have their annual meeting with their Georgian and Ukrainian counterparts, respectively, to discuss the security situation in their Nations as well as the ongoing progress with defence-related reforms.
Turning their focus to Military Strategic thinking, the Chiefs of Defence will discuss NATO’s Warfighting Capstone Concept, the future work strands associated with its implementation as well as the progress with the Concept for the Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area.
Their last session will focus on military inputs to the new Strategic Concept.
The Military Committee meets in Chiefs of Defence Session twice a year at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and once a year in an Allied member state. The Military Committee is the primary source of military advice for the North Atlantic Council.
It is responsible for translating political decision and guidance into military direction, and for recommending measures considered necessary for the defence of the Allied territory.
This military advice is consensus-based and focuses on how the Alliance can best address security challenges.
On a day-to-day basis, the Military Committee’s work is carried out by the Permanent Military Representatives at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
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