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Military Committee & International Military Staff (IMS)

International Military Staff (IMS)

International Military Staff (IMS)

The International Military Staff (IMS) is the executive body of the Military Committee (MC), NATO’s senior military authority.

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General Pavel elected as next Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

General Pavel elected as next Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

19 Sep. 2014 - 21 Sep. 2014

Chiefs of Defence of the 28 NATO nations elected General Petr Pavel, Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, as the next Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. His term of office, normally three years, is expected to begin in June 2015, when he will succeed the current Chairman, General Knud Bartels.

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NATO Chiefs of Defence give direction and guidance to implement Wales Summit decisions

NATO Chiefs of Defence give direction and guidance to implement Wales Summit decisions

20 Sep. 2014

“NATO’s greatest responsibility is to protect and defend our Allies against any strategic and unconventional threat,” General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee said at the Military Committee Conference 2014 in Vilnius, Lithuania. “The Alliance must have the right forces, the right equipment in the right place, at the right time”. NATO’s response to the new threats will require a thorough analysis in order to ensure a sustainable, visible, agile and therefore credible force.

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NATO Military Committee Conference - Vilnius, Lithuania

NATO Military Committee Conference - Vilnius, Lithuania

19 Sep. 2014 - 21 Sep. 2014

The Military Committee, NATO’s highest Military Authority, will meet in Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) Session from 19-21 September 2014, in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Meeting will be hosted by the Lithuanian Chief of Defence, Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas. This is the first CHODs meeting since the NATO Summit in Wales and the second time that the CHODs have met in Vilnius – the last time was in September 2004.

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The International Military Staff

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This brochure describes the work of the International Military Staff, the role of the Director General, and how the IMS provides strategic military advice and staff support to the NATO’s Military Committee.

NATO's military Public Affairs policy

The Military Committee has agreed a new progressive Public Affairs policy, designed to assist military Public Affairs staff support Commanders in their efforts to explain NATO’s military aims and objectives. This policy draws on experiences and lessons learned from all of NATO's operations and missions.

New IMS Staff Member Welcome Booklet

This Welcome Booklet is designed to answer some of the questions that may arise when you first arrive here, particularly if it is your first posting to Belgium.

NATO Medals currently in use

In July 1992 for the first time in history of the North Atlantic Alliance, NATO Forces were engaged in operations...

Report by the Chairman

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The Military Committee - Report on the engagement of the Military Committee and the International Military Staff in NATO's operations, capabilities and cooperation, and on future challenges and trends.

NATO's Military Committee

NATO's Military Committee

This brochure describes the work of the Military Committee, the role of the Chairman, the work of the International Military Staff, and how military decisions are arrived at in NATO.

Cooperative Security as NATO’s Core Task

The new Strategic Concept gives a new flavour to the role of the Alliance, introducing Cooperative Security (CS) as a new core task in addition to the existing collective defence and crisis management.

Military matters: The beginnings of NATO’s military structure: birth of the Alliance to the fall of the Berlin Wall

More than five decades since its founding, it is hard to imagine that NATO did not always have the complex military and political structures that have long been key features of its decision-making process.