NATO Military Committee

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The NATO Military Committee ( English Military Committee ; MC ) is the highest military authority of NATO . He supports the decision-making processes of the civilian leadership - the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group (NPG) - in military matters.

Tasks and composition

The military committee takes on the principle of preparation and gives advice on military guidelines and the strategy of NATO. The Committee is responsible for advising the NATO political authorities on matters relating to the defense of NATO territory or NATO operations. It is made up of officers from NATO member states who serve as military representatives of their nations at NATO and thus represent the chiefs of staff of their armed forces. Iceland , which has no armed forces , sends a civilian representative.


The Chairman of the Military Committee conducts the day-to-day business of the Committee and is thus the highest military authority in NATO. In addition, the chairman is the spokesman and representative of the committee and is thus also the highest military spokesman for NATO. He is nominated by the Chiefs of Staff of the NATO member states and appointed for a term of three years. The chairman draws his authority from the committee and is also responsible to it. He serves as a representative of the committee, for example before the North Atlantic Council and the nuclear planning group. He also chairs all committee meetings. In his absence, his deputy, the Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee , takes over his duties. Another role of the chairman is participation in the Academic Board of the NATO Defense College in Rome .

The current chairman is the British Air Marshal Sir Stuart Peach , who took over this position in June 2018 from the Czech General Petr Pavel .

From 1958 to 1963 there were two types of chairmanship. On the one hand with the respective chief of staff of the member nation, which was entrusted with the leadership, and in a transitional period until 1963 with permanent representatives. In December 1963, the two variants were combined in the person of Adolf Heusinger .

Chair of the Military Committee
Surname nation Beginning of the appointment End of appointment
Stuart Peach United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom June 29, 2018
Petr Pavel Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic June 26, 2015 June 29, 2018
Knud Bartels DenmarkDenmark Denmark January 2, 2012 June 26, 2015
Giampaolo Di Paola ItalyItaly Italy June 27, 2008 November 16, 2011
Raymond Henault CanadaCanada Canada June 16, 2005 June 27, 2008
Harald Kujat GermanyGermany Germany July 2002 June 16, 2005
Guido Venturoni ItalyItaly Italy May 6, 1999 July 2002
Klaus Naumann GermanyGermany Germany February 14, 1996 May 6, 1999
Richard Vincent United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 1993 February 14, 1996
Vigleik oath NorwayNorway Norway 1989 1993
Wolfgang Altenburg Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany 1986 1989
Cornelis de Jager NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 1983 1986
Robert H. Falls CanadaCanada Canada 1980 1983
Herman Fredrik Zeiner-Gundersen NorwayNorway Norway 1977 1980
Sir Peter Hill-Norton United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 1974 1977
Johannes Steinhoff Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany 1971 1974
Sir Nigel Henderson United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 1968 1971
Charles de Cumont BelgiumBelgium Belgium 1964 1968
Adolf Heusinger Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany 1963 1964
(permanent) chairman of the military committee
Adolf Heusinger Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany 1961 1963
Benjamin Richard Pieter Frans Hasselman NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 1958 1961
Chief of General Staff as chairman of the Military Committee
Charles de Cumont BelgiumBelgium Belgium 1962 1963
Lyman L. Lemnitzer United StatesUnited States United States 1961 1962
Earl Mountbatten of Burma United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 1960 1961
Rustu Erdelhun TurkeyTurkey Turkey 1960 1960
YES Beleza Ferras PortugalPortugal Portugal 1959 1960
Bjarne Øen NorwayNorway Norway 1958 1959
Benjamin Richard Pieter Frans Hasselman NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 1957 1958
Giuseppe Mancinelli ItalyItaly Italy 1956 1957
Stylianos Pallis Kingdom of GreeceKingdom of Greece Greece 1955 1956
Augustin Guillaume France 1946Fourth French Republic France 1954 1955
Erhard Jørgen Carl Quistgaard DenmarkDenmark Denmark 1953 1954
Charles Foulkes Canada 1921Canada Canada 1952 1953
Etienne Baele BelgiumBelgium Belgium 1951 1952
Omar N. Bradley United States 48United States United States 1949 1950

German military representatives

German military representatives
Rank Surname Beginning of the term of office Term expires
Vice admiral Klaus-Michael Nelte 2019 constantly
Lieutenant General Hans-Werner Wiermann 2015 2019
Lieutenant General Markus Bentler 2012 2015
Lieutenant General Hans-Lothar Domröse 2011 2012
Lieutenant General Roland Kather 2010 2011
Lieutenant General Jürgen Bornemann 2008 2010
Vice admiral Frank Ropers 2006 2008
Lieutenant General Klaus Olshausen 2002 2006
Lieutenant General Klaus Wiesmann 1995 2000
Lieutenant General Jörn Söder 1992 1995
Lieutenant General Rolf Hüttel 1989 1992
Lieutenant General Hans-Peter Tandecki 1984 1989
Lieutenant General Ernst-Dieter Bernhard 1980 1984
Lieutenant General Wolfgang Altenburg 1978 1980
Lieutenant General Jürgen Brandt 1978 1978
Vice admiral Herbert Trebesch 1976 1978
Lieutenant General Günther Rall 1974 1975
Lieutenant General Peter from Butler 1970 1974
Lieutenant General Hellmuth Hauser 1968 1970
Lieutenant General Gerhard Wessel 1963 1968
Lieutenant General Johannes Steinhoff 1960 1963
Brigadier General Hans-Georg von Tempelhoff 1956 1960

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. List of military representatives (English)
  2. ^ NATO: Military Committee. NATO, April 7, 2016, accessed July 5, 2016 .
  3. General Bartels bids farewell to NATO as General Pavel starts his tenure as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. In: NATO. June 26, 2015, accessed July 11, 2015 .