Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

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The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee's authority stems from the NATO Military Committee, to which he is responsible in the performance of his duties.

The principal military member of each NATO country's delegation is the Military Representative, a senior officer from each country's armed forces, supported by the International Military Staff. Together the Military Representatives form the Military Committee (MC), a body responsible for recommending to NATO’s political authorities those measures considered necessary for the common defence of the NATO area. Its principal role is to provide direction and advice on military policy and strategy. It provides guidance on military matters to the NATO Strategic Commanders, whose representatives attend its meetings, and is responsible for the overall conduct of the military affairs of the Alliance under the authority of the Council. The current Chairman of the NATO Military Committee is Knud Bartels of Denmark (since 2011).

Like the Council, from time to time the Military Committee also meets at a higher level, namely at the level of Chiefs of Defence, the most senior military officer in each nation's armed forces. Until 2008 the Military Committee excluded France, due to that country's 1966 decision to remove itself from NATO's integrated military structure, which it rejoined in 1995. Until France rejoined NATO, it was not represented on the Defence Planning Committee, and this led to conflicts between it and NATO members. Such was the case in the lead up to Operation Iraqi Freedom.[1]

The operational work of the Committee is supported by the International Military Staff.

The Chairman of the Military Committee chairs all meetings and acts in an international capacity. In his absence, the Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee takes the chair. The previous Chairman is Italian Admiral Giampaolo di Paola, as the current Chairman is Danish General Knud Bartels.

Since the formation of NATO, its Military Chairmen have been:[2]

  1. United States General of the Army Omar N. Bradley (United States): 1949, to 1951
  2. Belgium Lt. General Etienne Baele (Belgium): 1951, to 1952
  3. Canada Lt. General Charles Foulkes (Canada): 1952, to 1953
  4. Denmark Admiral E.J.C. Quistgaard (Denmark): 1953, to 1954
  5. France General Augustin Guillaume (France): 1954, to 1955
  6. Greece Lt. General Stylianos Pallis (Greece): 1955, to 1956
  7. Italy General Giuseppe Mancinelli (Italy): 1956, to 1957
  8. Netherlands General B.R.P.F. Hasselman (Netherlands): 1957, to 1958
  9. Norway Lt. General Bjarne Øen (Norway): 1958, to 1959
  10. Portugal General J.A. Beleza Ferras (Portugal): 1959, to 1960
  11. Turkey General Ruştü Erdelhun (Turkey): 1960
  12. United Kingdom Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten of Burma (United Kingdom): 1960, to 1961
  13. United States General Lyman L. Lemnitzer (United States): 1961, to 1962
  14. Belgium Lt. General C.P. de Cumont (Belgium): 1962, to 1963
  15. Germany General Adolf Heusinger (Germany): 1963, to 1964
  16. Belgium Lt. General C.P. de Cumont (Belgium): 1964, to 1968
  17. United Kingdom Admiral Sir Nigel Henderson (United Kingdom): 1968, to 1971
  18. Germany General Johannes Steinhoff (Germany): 1971, to 1974
  19. United Kingdom Admiral of the Fleet Sir Peter Hill-Norton (United Kingdom): 1974, to 1977
  20. Norway General Herman F. Zeiner-Gundersen (Norway): 1977, to 1980
  21. Canada Admiral Robert H. Falls (Canada): 1980, to 1983
  22. Netherlands General Cornelis De Jager (Netherlands): 1983, to 1986
  23. Germany General Wolfgang Altenburg (Germany): 1986, to 1989
  24. Norway General Vigleik Eide (Norway): 1989, to 1993
  25. United Kingdom Field Marshal Sir Richard Vincent (United Kingdom): 1993, to 1996
  26. Germany General Klaus Naumann (Germany): 1996, to 1999
  27. Italy Admiral Guido Venturoni (Italy): 1999, to 2002
  28. Germany General Harald Kujat (Germany): 2002, to 2005
  29. Canada General Raymond Henault (Canada): 2005, to 2008
  30. Italy Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola (Italy): 2008 to 2011
  31. Denmark General Knud Bartels (Denmark): 2011, to present

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fuller, Thomas (18 February 2003). "Reaching accord, EU warns Saddam of his 'last chance'". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2007. 
  2. ^ official list