180th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session

NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium - 15-16 January 2019

  • 15 Jan. 2019 - 16 Jan. 2019
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  • Last updated: 09 Jan. 2019 17:04

The Military Committee, NATO’s highest Military Authority, will meet in Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) Session on 15-16 January 2019, at the NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium.

The first day of meetings will see the Chiefs of Defence discuss NATO’s current and future strategic challenges as well as NATO’s Military Strategy, its Deterrence and Defence Posture and the Alliance’s Readiness Initiative. They will then meet with their Operational Partners and exchange views on the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission to train, assist and advise Afghan Institutions and National Defence and Security Forces as well as the regional security situation.

The second day will focus on Warfare Development, improving Common Funded Capability Delivery, the NATO - Georgia partnership with a particular focus on the progress of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, concluding with a broad discussion on the Western Balkans and the Kosovo Force Mission. 

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 Curtis M. Scaparrotti (Supreme Allied Commander Europe or SACEUR) and General André Lanata (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, 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.

Media Opportunities

Tuesday 15 January 2019

07:15 - 07:30      Media Pool pick up in the Public Square
08:00 - 08:10      Opening remarks by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee        

Wednesday 16 January 2019

13:45 - 14:05       Joint Press Conference in the main Press Theatre with Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (CMC),General Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) and General André Lanata, 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 Opening Remarks and Joint Press Conference will be made available on the NATO website after the event. Broadcasters can also request the broadcast quality footage by contacting content@natochannel.tv.


Media representatives holding a valid 2018 or 2019 NATO Media pass will have access as usual to the new NATO HQ. Media representatives not in possession of a NATO Media pass and wishing to attend the media opportunities available are invited to contact the NATO IMS Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Office via email (ronaynecasimiro.lara@hq.nato.int) with a completed accreditation form no later than 12h00 on 11 January 2019.

Media passes will not be mailed to applicants; they must be collected in person 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 Guard House South of the NATO Headquarters, Boulevard Leopold III, Brussels, Belgium. 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.

Social Media

We will post the latest information and pictures from the sessions on our official Twitter account: @NATO_PASCAD. Please use the hashtags #NATOCHoDs and #NATOMC when tweeting about the Military Committee.


Points of contact for the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee:

Mr. Damien Elvin, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and NATO International Military Staff
Tel: + 32 476 60 53 56
E-Mail: elvin.damien@hq.nato.int  

Ms. Elizabeth Steenson, Public Affairs Officer, NATO International Military Staff
Tel: + 32 475 75 75 23
E-Mail: steenson.elizabeth@hq.nato.int  

For more background information about the NATO Military Committee click here