Chairman of the Military Committee

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The Chairman of the Military Committee is NATO’s senior military officer, by virtue of being the principal military advisor to the Secretary General and the conduit through which consensus-based advice from NATO’s 28 Chiefs of Defence is brought forward to the political decision-making bodies of NATO.

He directs the day-to-day business of the Military Committee, NATO's highest military authority, and acts on its behalf.

The Chairman is also the Committee’s spokesman and representative, making him the senior military spokesman for the Alliance on all military matters.

The current Chairman is General Knud Bartels of Denmark. He took up his functions on 2 January 2012.