174th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session

NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium

  • 21 Jan. 2016 -
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  • Last updated: 19 Jan. 2016 09:29

The Military Committee, NATO’s highest Military Authority, will meet in Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) Session on 21 January 2016, at the NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, will chair the meeting. The Chiefs of Defence will review the RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission, discuss NATO’s Future Strategy, Posture and Adaptation and meet with their Mediterranean Dialogue counterparts to exchange views on the security developments in the region and practical military-to-military cooperation.

The one day meeting will allow for the Chiefs of Defence to discuss and debate issues of contemporary strategic importance to the Alliance ahead of the forthcoming Defence Ministers’ meeting in February. During the session in RESOLUTE SUPPORT format, the Chiefs of Defence will be briefed on the security situation and the performance of the Afghan security forces. The CHODS will also discuss the future military contribution to the enhanced Enduring Partnership.

In the subsequent session with the Mediterranean Dialogue Partner Nations, the Chiefs of Defence will exchange views on the regional security situation which will set the scene for further deliberations on ongoing practical cooperation between NATO and the Mediterranean Dialogue partners.

The final sessions of the day will centre on NATO’s Future Strategy, Posture and Adaptation as well as the consensus-based military advice and guidance that will be given to the North Atlantic Council and Defence Ministers in the run up to the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July 2016.

General Petr Pavel will be supported in each session by General Philip Breedlove (Supreme Allied Commander Europe or SACEUR) and General Denis Mercier (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation or 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. It also meets once a year in an Allied country.  On a day-to-day basis, the work of the Chiefs of Defence is carried out by permanent Military Representatives at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

Media Opportunities

Thursday 21 Jan 2016

07:30-07:45               Media Pool pick up in the NATO Press Area
08:00-08:10               174th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session - Opening remarks by General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee
18:00-18:30               Joint Press Conference in the Luns Theatre with General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (CMC), General Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT)


Photos and video of all opening sessions will be available online at www.nato.int/ims shortly after each meeting.  The Joint Press Conference will be made available on the NATO website after the event, on request by broadcasters through EBU and after the event by contacting content@natochannel.tv


Media representatives holding a valid 2015 or 2016 NATO Media pass will have access as usual to the NATO HQ. Media representatives not in possession of a 2015 or 2016 NATO Media pass and wishing to attend the media opportunities available are invited to contact the NATO IMS Public Affairs Office via email or fax  (ronaynecasimiro.lara@hq.nato.int ,fax number + 32 2 707 5713) with a completed accreditation form no later than 1700 on 19 January 2016.

Media passes will not be mailed to applicants; they must be collected in person at the Media Accreditation Office upon presentation of an ID card or passport and a valid national press pass (or accreditation letter from a recognized media organization). Media representatives will be given their accreditation at the main entrance of NATO Headquarters. Passes must be worn visibly at all times, and security personnel may ask to see another form of ID at any time. Media representatives are informed that security personnel will examine and may test equipment and personal effects carried onto the site and are advised to arrive with sufficient lead time to clear security checks.


Points of contact for the Chairman of the Military Committee:

Dr Eva Svobodova, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and NATO International Military Staff
Tel: + 32 2 707 59 83
E-Mail: svobodova.eva@hq.nato.int

General press arrangements:

Ms. Lara Ronayne-Casimiro
Tel: +32 2 707 5423
Email: ronaynecasimiro.lara@hq.nato.int