166th NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting

Brussels, 18-19 January 2012, NATO HQ

  • 18 Jan. 2012 - 19 Jan. 2012
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  • Last updated: 13 Jan. 2012 12:22

Brussels – The first meeting of NATO’s Military Committee (MC) in Chiefs of Defence Staff (CHODs) session under the chairmanship of Gen. Knud Bartels (CMC) will take place on 18th and 19th January 2012. Top level military representatives of 67 countries will discuss in various formats the evolution of NATO and NATO led operations, the implementation of the new NATO Command Structure and its military consequences.

General View of the Meeting

Together with NATO’s two Strategic Commanders Adm. Jim Stavridis (SACEUR) and Gen. Stéphane Abrial (SACT), CHODs will debate the situation in Afghanistan and Kosovo and other NATO operations. Regarding Afghanistan, focus will be on Transition /Inteqal and the longer-term perspective for the country. Gen. John R. Allen (COMISAF) and Amb. Simon Gass (NATO Senior Civilian Representative) will update CHODs on the key issues. For the Kosovo session the Military Committee invited Maj. Gen. Erhard Drews (COMKFOR) and Mr. Xavier Bout de Marnhac (Head of EULEX).

The Mediterranean Dialogue Partners and Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council members will exchange views on how to deepen and further military to military cooperation among NATO and its partners, in line with NATO’s new Partnership approach and its aims as described in the NATO Strategic Concept.

The MC will also meet in NATO-Russia Council (NRC) format to discuss the NRC-MR Workplan 2012 and how practical cooperation between the Russian Federation and NATO can evolve over the coming years.

More information on the NATO Military Committee can be found on: www.nato.int/ims


Media opportunities

Wednesday, 18 January 2012
07.45 Media Pool pick up in Press Area
08.00 First session of the MC Conference, opening remarks by General Knud Bartels.
Thursday, 19 January 2012
16.00 Concluding Press Conference with General Bartels, Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee (Room Brosio)


Photos and video of all opening sessions will be available on-line at www.nato.int/ims shortly after each meeting.

The press conference will be made available for media broadcasters through EBU, the NATO TV flip server and on the NATO website after the event.


Journalists wishing to cover these opportunities will be able to access NATO HQ on presentation of a NATO accreditation pass or a valid press pass. Journalists without NATO accreditation who wish to attend one of the events should inform the NATO IMS Public Affairs office no later than 17th January 2012 of their interest to do so, in order to facilitate their entrance.


Point of contact for the Military Committee meetings:
Mr. Tom Monballiu
Tel:  +32 2 707 5983 / 7893

General press arrangements:         
Mrs. Karen Dehaes
Public Affairs Officer, IMS.
Tel:  +32 2 707 5423

Mr. Jean-Marc Lorgnier   
Tel: +32 2 707 5006