The Military Committee, NATO’s highest Military Authority, will meet in Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) Session on 16 and 17 January 2018, at the NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, will preside over the sessios, Defence.az reported citing NATO’s website.
The Chiefs of Defence will discuss the challenging security environment on NATO’s southern flank and the Alliance’s contribution to its stabilisation. The CHODs with their Resolute Support counterparts will review the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and discuss the wider region. The Chiefs of Defence also will discuss the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and NATO’s role in Iraq during 2018. Meetings with partners Ukraine and Georgia will focus on the security situations on the ground, defence reform progress and the way ahead. The Chiefs of Defence will also be informed and debate the proposed recommendations for the NATO Command Structure Adaptation as well as exchange views on Allied coherence, specific to military priorities.
The first session will focus on Europe’s southern neighbourhood. It will include a situational awareness briefing on the Middle East and North Africa region taking into consideration the wider global context. This session will pave the way for further discussions on Projecting Stability Initiatives, Fight against Terrorism, the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and the ongoing NATO Training and Capacity Building in Iraq.
In Resolute Support format, the Chiefs of Defence will receive political, strategic and operational situation briefs from Commander of the Resolute Support Mission, General Nicholson, and the NATO Senior Civilian Representative Ambassador Zimmermann respectively, and provide further recommendations for 2018 and beyond.
In their afternoon session, the Allied Chiefs of Defence will receive briefings from General Scaparrotti, SACEUR and General Mercier, SACT on the recommended options for the NATO Command Structure Adaptation and possible implementation process.
The following morning’s sessions with partners will begin with Ukraine. The session will provide an opportunity for an update on the security situation in and around Ukraine and assess the progress of the security and defence sector reforms. The session with Georgia will focus on continued defence reform progress and the way ahead for the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package.
The final session will focus on Allied coherence. The discussions are expected to reflect upon the Alliance’s adaptation - politically, militarily and institutionally, and review the way forward with a special emphasis on military priorities.
The Chiefs of Defence’s advice and guidance will assist and further frame discussions ahead the February Defence Ministerial in 2018.
General Petr Pavel will be supported in each session by General Curtis Scaparrotti (Supreme Allied Commander Europe, SACEUR) and General Denis Mercier (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, SACT).
The Military Committee meets twice a year at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, at the level of Chiefs of Defence to discuss NATO operations and missions and provide the North Atlantic Council with consensus-based military advice on how the Alliance can best meet global security challenges. Once a year, they meet in an Allied member country. On a day-to-day basis, their work is carried out by Permanent Military Representatives at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.