NATO – News: NATO Defense Chiefs meeting on January 18 and 19, 2023

The Military Committee, NATO’s highest military body, will meet face-to-face in Brussels (Belgium) on January 18 and 19, 2023. Defense chiefs of NATO countries and their counterparts from Finland and Sweden, the countries invited to join the Alliance will participate in the meeting, which will be chaired by the Chairman of the Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer. He will be assisted by General Christopher Cavoli, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and General Philippe Lavigne, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), who will each chair the session.

The NATO Military Committee Defense Chiefs Session (MCCS) will allow the thirty-two Defense Chiefs to meet and discuss important strategic issues for the Alliance.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will attend the first meeting of the Military Committee to present the latest policy objectives and discuss the security challenges facing the Alliance.

The second session of the day will be chaired by General Lavigne, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. It will focus on initial observations of the ongoing war in Ukraine and accelerating the implementation of NATO’s Combat Capability Framework Concept and Combat Capability Development Plan. Defense chiefs will discuss NATO’s military capabilities and assets to defend the Alliance in the face of today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Their discussions will focus on cross-media operations, digital transformation and interoperability.

The third session of the day will be chaired by the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, General Cavoli. It will review the implementation of the Alliance’s concept of deterrence and defense for the Euro-Atlantic area. This deterrence and defense strategy provides a general framework for military operations in peacetime, crisis and conflict situations. It closely links national plans and NATO military plans and takes into account threats and challenges specific to specific regions, environments and functional areas.

In the fourth session, NATO’s operational readiness and long-term support of the armed forces will be discussed, especially the risks and means of their reduction. It will focus on capacity development, military resources and logistics.

In the first meeting of the second day, the Chiefs of Defense will meet with the operational partners of the Kosovo Force (KFOR) – Armenia, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Moldova, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. The situation on the ground, the security environment and the mission of KFOR will be discussed here.

Later, the Military Committee will discuss NATO’s non-combat capability enhancement mission in Iraq with operational partners Sweden, Finland and Australia. The defense chiefs will discuss the mission’s efforts to help Iraq stabilize, strengthen its security and defense institutions, and eradicate terrorism.

The final session will be an opportunity for the Military Committee to reflect on NATO’s current support for Ukraine.

Media coverage

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

11:00 Live broadcast of the opening speech of NATO Military Committee Chairman Admiral Rob Bauer and NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Press conference with 15:00

  • Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer.
  • Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Christopher Cavoli.
  • Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Philippe Lavigne.

A trusted NATO press pass for media representatives 2023 he will be able to enter the NATO headquarters as usual. Media representatives wishing to participate in the press conference are invited to contact the Public Relations and Strategic Communications Office of the NATO International Military Headquarters by by attaching the duly filled accreditation form No later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Media accreditation form

Press releases will not be mailed to interested parties, they must collect them in person upon presentation of ID or passport and a valid national press card (or letter of accreditation from a recognized media outlet). Media representatives will receive accreditation at South Guard Post, NATO Headquarters, Boulevard III, Brussels (Belgium).

Tickets must be worn visibly at all times and security personnel may request another form of identification at any time. Media representatives should note that security personnel will inspect and test devices and personal items brought to the site. They are therefore encouraged to arrive well in advance to pass security checks.

The opening speech of the Chairman of the Military Committee and the NATO Secretary General will be broadcast live on the NATO website.

The press conference will be broadcast on NATO’s website and available through the EBU service.

It can be downloaded for free from the video recording site NATO multimedia portal after the event.


After each event, photo, video and audio files will be available on the NATO International Military Headquarters website at and on the Events page under the Defense Staff Meeting of the Military Committee Chiefs Session (MCCS).

Social Media

The latest MCCS news and photos will be posted on the following Twitter accounts: @NATO_PASCAD and @CMC_NATO.

Use the hashtags #NATOCHODs and #NATOMC to tweet about the NATO Military Committee.

Media inquiries:

Mrs. Eleanor Russell, Adviser on Public Relations and Strategic Communications of NATO Military Committee and NATO International Military Staff.
This kind. : +32 471 61 09 55

Commander Grzegorz Łyko, Deputy Adviser on Public Relations and Strategic Communications of NATO Military Committee and NATO International Military Headquarters.
This kind. : + 32 477 57 07 46

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