Director of the International Military Staff (DGIMS)

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The Director General of the International Military Staff (DGIMS) is responsible for the coordination between the decision-making bodies of the Alliance, the two Strategic Commanders, national military from NATO and Partner countries working in Brussels, and the civilian International Staff, that support the Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council, in order for the IMS to provide the best possible policy advice to the to the Military Committee.

Change of Command - Director General of the International Military Staff (DGIMS)

Highlights

  • The Director General heads the International Military Staff. He is assisted in his tasks by 12 flag officers who head the divisions.
  • The DGIMS reports to the Chairman of the Military Committee.
  • He is responsible for the coordination between the decision-making bodies of the Alliance, the two Strategic Commanders, national military from NATO and Partner countries working in Brussels, and the civilian International Staff.
  • Tasks and responsibilities

    The Director General of the International Military Staff (DGIMS) is responsible for the coordination between the decision-making bodies of the Alliance, the two Strategic Commanders, national military from NATO and Partner countries working in Brussels, and the civilian International Staff, that support the Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council, in order for the IMS to provide the best possible policy advice to the to the Military Committee.

    The DGIMS reports to the Chairman of the MC (CMC), takes part in all MC meetings (both in Chiefs of Defence format and the meetings in Permanent Session), also attending the NAC and senior political meetings, and holds regular meetings with the Directors of the six IMS functional areas in order to observe the progress, provide direction, and assign new tasks and projects.

  • Selection process

    The DGIMS, a General/Flag Officer is selected by the NATO Chiefs of Defence from candidates nominated by the Member Nations for a term of three years.

    The current DGIMS is Lieutenant General Jan Broeks.