NATO’s supreme military body, the Military Commission, will meet in person in Brussels, Belgium, on 18-19 January 2023. Admiral Rob Bauer, Chairman of the Armed Services Commission, will preside over the meeting, which will be attended by the Allied Department of Defense and invited counterparts from Finland and Sweden. They will be supported by General Christopher Cavouri, Supreme Commander for Allied Forces in Europe (SACEUR) and General Philip Lavigne, Supreme Allied Commander for the Transfiguration (SACT), who will each lead the session.
The NATO Military Commission’s Chief Defense Council (MCCS) meeting will bring together 32 secretaries of defense to discuss issues of strategic importance to the alliance.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joins the Military Commission for its first session to provide the latest political objectives and discuss the security challenges facing the alliance.
General Lavigne of the Transformation, Supreme Allied Commander, will lead the second session of the day. It will focus on early observations from the ongoing war in Ukraine and the accelerated implementation of NATO’s top warfare concepts and war development agenda. The Department of Defense will discuss NATO’s military capabilities and ability to defend the alliance against all current and future challenges. This includes discussions on multi-domain operations, digital transformation, and interoperability.
General Cavoli, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, will lead the third session of the day. He provides an update on the implementation of the concept alliance for deterrence and defense in the Euro-Atlantic region. This Deterrence and Defense Strategy provides a common framework for military operations in peace, crisis and conflict. It closely ties national and NATO military plans and takes into account the threats and challenges specific to specific regions, domains and functional areas.
The fourth session will be on maintaining NATO readiness and military strength, especially risk and mitigation. This session will focus on capacity building, military reserves and logistics.
In the first session of the second day, the Department of Defense will meet with Kosovo Armed Forces (KFOR) operational partners Armenia, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Moldova, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. Discussions will focus on the situation on the ground, the security environment, and KFOR’s mission.
The Military Commission will then discuss NATO’s non-combat and capacity-building missions in Iraq with its operational partners Sweden, Finland and Australia. The Department of Defense will discuss the mission’s ongoing efforts to help Iraq promote greater stability, build its security and defense institutions, and eradicate terrorism.
In the final session, the Military Commission will discuss NATO’s continued support for Ukraine.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
11:00 Live streaming of opening remarks by Admiral Rob Bauer, Chairman of the NATO Armed Forces Commission, and Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
15:00 Press conference
- Admiral Rob Bauer, chairman of the NATO Military Commission.
- General Christopher Cavoli, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.
- Allied Supreme Commander Transformation, General Philip Lavigne.
Expired Media Personnel 2023 NATO media paths can access NATO HQ as normal. Media representatives wishing to attend the press conference are encouraged to contact the NATO IMS Public Relations and Strategic Communications Office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and complete the accreditation form. Recommended. By 12:00 on Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Media passes will not be mailed to applicants. Must be collected in person by presenting an ID card or passport and a valid national press pass (or certification from an accredited media organization). Media representatives are Guard House South, NATO Headquarters, Boulevard Leopold III, Brussels, Belgium.
Your pass must be visibly worn at all times, and security personnel may request another form of identification at any time. Media representatives are advised that security personnel may inspect and test any equipment or belongings brought to the site. We also recommend arriving with enough lead time to clear security checks.
Opening remarks by the Chairman of the Military Commission and the NATO Secretary General will be broadcast live on the NATO website.
The press conference will be broadcast live on the NATO website and a live feed will be provided to the EBU.
The video footage can be downloaded for free from NATO Multimedia Portal after the event.
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Eleonora Russell, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor for NATO Military Commission and NATO International Military Staff.
Phone: +32 471 61 09 55
Lieutenant Colonel Gujegoju Psycho deputy Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor for NATO Military Commission and NATO International Military Staff.
Phone: +32 477 57 07 46
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