First NATO Military Chiefs of Defence Meeting of 2022

NATO’s highest Military Authority, the Military Committee, will meet on 12-13 January 2022, in Brussels, Belgium. Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the Military Committee, will preside over the sessions, which will be attended by the Allied Chiefs of Defence. They will be supported by General Tod Wolters (Supreme Allied Commander Europe, SACEUR) and General Philippe Lavigne (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, SACT).

The NATO Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session (MCCS) enables the Chiefs of Defence to meet and discuss issues of strategic importance to the Alliance.  The Allied Chiefs will meet with their operational partners to discuss the NATO-led Mission in Iraq and the Kosovo Force Mission. The Military Committee will also meet, for the last time in this format, with their former Resolute Support Partners to discuss the lessons learned/lessons identified from Afghanistan. The Allied Chiefs of Defence will then have their annual meeting with their Georgian and Ukrainian counterparts, respectively, to discuss the security situation in their Nations as well as the ongoing progress with defence-related reforms. Turning their focus to Military Strategic thinking, the Chiefs of Defence will discuss NATO’s Warfighting Capstone Concept, the future work strands associated with its implementation as well as the progress with the Concept for the Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area. Their last session will focus on military inputs to the new Strategic Concept.

The Military Committee meets in Chiefs of Defence Session twice a year at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and once a year in an Allied member state. The Military Committee is the primary source of military advice for the North Atlantic Council. It is responsible for translating political decision and guidance into military direction, and for recommending measures considered necessary for the defence of the Allied territory. This military advice is consensus-based and focuses on how the Alliance can best address security challenges. On a day-to-day basis, the Military Committee’s work is carried out by the Permanent Military Representatives at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Media Opportunities

Wednesday 12 Jan 2022

08:00-08:15: Media Pool pick up in the Public Square.

08:30-08:40: Opening remarks by the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer.

 Thursday 13 Jan 2022

14:00-14:20: Press Conference with the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer


Following each event, photos, video and audio files will be made available on the NATO IMS webpage, as well as on the Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence session (MCCS) event page.


Note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the format of the NATO Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session may change. Media representatives will be kept informed of any changes regarding the media opportunities.

In order to comply with COVID-19 safety measures, a limited number of media representatives will be allowed to cover the event in person.

Media representatives who wish to cover the event need to seek accreditation, even if they have annual accreditation at NATO. NATO strongly recommends media organisations to plan for a minimal physical presence. Media representatives wishing to cover the media opportunities are invited to send their completed accreditation forms to ronaynecasimiro.lara@hq.nato.intno later than 12h00 on 4 January 2022.

All media can cover the opening remarks and the press conference of the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, which will accessible online via the NATO website.

Passes must be worn visibly at all times, and security personnel may ask to see another form of ID at any time. We would like to inform media that security checks will be conducted separately prior to every media event. For this reason, media are expected to arrive at least an hour before the events.

COVID-19 Restrictions

In order to comply with COVID-19 safety measures, physical access to NATO HQ will be granted only if one of the conditions below is met (as also outlined here):

  • Possess a vaccination certificate proving that they are fully vaccinated since 14 days before entering NATO HQ premises;
  • Bring a certificate stating post-COVID recovery (not more than 180 days);
  • Present a valid PCR test (done within 72 hours).

Social Media

We will post the latest information and photos from MCCS on our official Twitter account: @NATO_PASCAD. The Chair of the NATO Military Committee will be using his own account @CMC_NATO.

Please use the hashtags #NATOCHoDs and #NATOMC when tweeting about the NATO Military Committee.

Media Enquiries:

Ms Eleonora Russell, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the NATO Military Committee and the NATO International Military Staff.
Tel: + 32 471 61 09 55

Lt Col Goetz Haffke, Deputy Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the NATO Military Committee and the NATO International Military Staff.

Tel: + 32 490 58 06 47

For more background information about the NATO Military Committee click here.

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