181st Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session

The Military Committee, NATO’s highest Military Authority, will meet in Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) Session on 22 May 2019, at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the Military Committee, will preside over the sessions.

The Allied Chiefs of Defence will meet for the second time in 2019 to discuss NATO’s Deterrence and Defence Posture and the Enablement of SACEUR’s Area of Responsibility. They will also hold two sessions with their partner Chiefs of Defence – one with Ukraine and another with their Mediterranean Dialogue colleagues.

The Chiefs of Defence will begin their day by meeting with the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg in order to be informed of the political context and debate key strategic issues facing the Alliance. The second session of the day will allow the Chiefs of Defence to give further direction and guidance on the Alliance’s Deterrence and Defence. Session three will see the Chiefs of Defence discuss the different elements related the Enablement of SACEUR’s Area of Responsibility.

The last two sessions of the day will focus on Ukraine and the Middle East and North Africa region. The session on Ukraine will allow the Chiefs of Defence to receive an update on the current security situation, recent developments and to discuss future cooperation. Meeting with their Mediterranean Dialogue counterparts, the Chiefs of Defence will discuss projecting stability initiatives and defence capacity building in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The Chiefs of Defence’s advice and guidance will assist and further frame discussions ahead of the June Defence Ministerial

The Military Committee is led by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. He will be supported in each session by General Tod Wolters (Supreme Allied Commander Europe, SACEUR) and General André Lanata (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, SACT).

The Military Committee meets twice a year at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, at the level of Chiefs of Defence to discuss NATO operations and missions and provide the North Atlantic Council with consensus-based military advice on how the Alliance can best meet global security challenges, and once a year they meet in an Allied member country. On a day-to-day basis, their work is carried out by permanent Military Representatives at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.