NATO Military Committee

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NATO Military Committee
Allegiance NATO
LocationBrussels, Belgium
Secretary GeneralJens Stoltenberg
ChairmanAir Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach
Deputy ChairmanLt Gen Steven Shepro
Director General of the International Military StaffLieutenant General Hans-Werner Wiermann
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Military Committee (NATO MC) is the body of NATO that is composed of member states' Chiefs of Defence (CHOD). These national CHODs are regularly represented in the MC by their permanent Military Representatives (MilRep), who often are two- or three-star flag officers. 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.


Chairman in 2014, General Knud Bartels

The MC assists and advises the North Atlantic Council (NAC), Defence Planning Committee, and Nuclear Planning Group on military matters including policy and strategy.[1] 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 executive body of the MC is the International Military Staff (IMS).[2] The NATO Command Structure (NCS), consisting of two strategic commands directed by the North Atlantic Council (NAC):[3]

Liaison:          Provides advice and support to the NAC
Political strategic level:
Brussels, BE
Brussels, BE
Military strategic level:
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International Military Staff DGIMS (IMS)
Brussels, BE
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Mons, BE
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Norfolk, US
Operational level:
Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum JFCBS Brunssum, NL
Joint Warfare Centre JWC Stavanger, NO
Allied Air Command AIRCOM Ramstein, DE
Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre JALLC Lisbon, PT
Allied Maritime Command MARCOM Northwood, GB
Joint Force Training Centre JFTC Bydgoszcz, PL
Allied Land Command LANDCOM İzmir, TR
NATO Communication and Information Systems Group CIS GP
Allied Joint Force Command Naples JFCNP Naples, IT


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.[4]

Established in 1949 during the first Council session in Washington, the Military Committee is NATO's highest military authority and advises the NAC and NATO's strategic commanders, the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe.[5]

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  1. ^ NATO Handbook, 50th Anniversary Edition, 1998-99, 234.
  2. ^ International Military Staff, Jun 15, 2017, retrieved Feb 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Command Structure" (PDF). NATO. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^, NATO Military Committee, Dec 7, 2017, retrieved Feb 15, 2018.

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