First NATO Military Chiefs of Defence Meeting of 2022 to be held virtually

Revised media advisory

  • 12 Jan. 2022 - 13 Jan. 2022
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  • Last updated: 13 Jan. 2022 16:30

NATO’s highest Military Authority, the Military Committee, will meet virtually on 12-13 January 2022, in Brussels, Belgium. Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the Military Committee, will preside over the sessions, which will be attended by the Allied Chiefs of Defence. They will be supported by General Tod Wolters (Supreme Allied Commander Europe, SACEUR) and General Philippe Lavigne (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, SACT).

The two-day meeting of the NATO Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session (MCCS) will enable the Chiefs of Defence to meet and discuss issues of strategic importance to the Alliance. The first day will be dedicated to Military Strategic thinking, with discussions on NATO’s Warfighting Capstone Concept, the future work strands associated with its implementation as well as the progress on the Concept for the Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area. The last session of the day will focus on military inputs to the new Strategic Concept.

The NATO Secretary General will open the second day of the bi-annual meeting by providing on overview of the current political context to the 30 Chiefs of Defence. This will be followed by a 360 degree update on the current security situation and a discussion on NATO’s ongoing Deterrence and Defence Posture. The Chiefs of Defence will then meet with their Georgian and Ukrainian counterparts, respectively, to discuss the security situation in their Nations as well as the ongoing progress with defence-related reforms.

Media Opportunity

Thursday 13 Jan 2022

18:30 (revised)          Virtual Press Conference with the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer

NATO will facilitate remote interaction during the press conference. To declare your interest in asking a question to the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, journalists must register via Eventbrite no later than 16:00 (Brussels time) on Tuesday 11 January 2022, at the following link: registration for virtual press conference. Registered journalists will be contacted separately with technical details.

The press conference will be streamed live on the NATO website and the livefeed will be provided to Eurovision.

The video will be available for free download from the NATO Multimedia Portal after the event.


Following each event, photos, video and audio files will be made available on the NATO IMS webpage, as well as on the Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence session (MCCS) event page. Please click here to access the event page.

Social Media

We will post the latest information and photos from the MCCS on our official Twitter account: @NATO_PASCAD. The Chair of the NATO Military Committee will be using his own account @CMC_NATO.

Please use the hashtags #NATOCHoDs and #NATOMC when tweeting about the NATO Military Committee.

Media Enquiries:

Ms Eleonora Russell, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the NATO Military Committee and the NATO International Military Staff.


Lt Col Goetz Haffke, Deputy Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the NATO Military Committee and the NATO International Military Staff.

Tel: + 32 490 58 06 47

For more background information about the NATO Military Committee click here.