Updated: 13-Nov-2006 IMS News Release

13 Nov. 2006


NATO and Partner Chiefs of Defence meet at NATO Headquarters, Brussels

15-16 November 2006


Bullet The Military Committee: NATO's senior military authority

The Alliance’s top military officers will meet at NATO HQ, Brussels from 15 – 16 November, 2006 to discuss a wide variety of issues including NATO operations, and to shape key military work prior to the Riga Summit in two weeks’ time.

The Military Committee is NATO’s highest military authority, with formal meetings at the level of Chiefs of Defence Staff taking place three times a year, including twice in Brussels. The meetings convene in five different sessions: NATO member nations; NATO with Partners; NATO with the seven Mediterranean Dialogue countries; NATO with Ukraine, and NATO with Russia.

The meetings among NATO nations will focus on all operations, but particularly the ISAF operation in Afghanistan and NATO’s mission in Kosovo. Capability issues, transformational initiatives and developments respecting the NATO Response Force are also among the issues to be discussed.

A media opportunity with the Chairman of the Military Committee, General Ray Henault, will take place from 1200-1220hrs, on Thursday, 16 November at NATO HQ, Brussels.

Note for the Media:

Point of contact for administrative arrangements for the press conference:

Lt-Col. Tony White

Public Information Officer

Office of the Public Information Adviser

International Military Staff

Tel: +322 707 5752 or +322 707 5423

Fax: +322 707 5713

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

Colonel Brett Boudreau

Public Information Adviser to the Chairman, Military Committee

International Military Staff

Tel: +322 707 5983

Photos of the opening sessions will be available on-line at www.nato.int. Point of contact:

Mr. Georges DeBrouwer

Public Diplomacy Division

TV & Radio Unit

Tel: +322 707 5049

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