On May 10 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys attends a NATO Military Committee meeting in Brussels, Belgium. 31 NATO Chiefs of Defence and invitee Sweden’s Chief of Defence will engage in 5 scheduled sessions under chairmanship of Admiral Rob Bauer to address matters of strategic importance for the Alliance.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will join the Allied CHODs for the first session of the meeting focussed on key priorities and challenges. The next session will address the Russian war in Ukraine and NATO and Allies’ support to Ukraine. The third session will be dedicated to strengthening NATO deterrence and defence in light of the upcoming decisions at the NATO Summit in Vilnius. The final two sessions the NAOT Military Committee will provide additional guidance and directions on the major overhaul of the NATO Defence Posture that has been agreed on at the Summit in Madrid.
On May 11 the European Union Chiefs of Defence will meet as the EU Military Committee at the headquarters of the Council of the European Union to discuss the NATO-EU cooperation, EU military operations, training missions and their course, military capability development, and progress of the German imitative Strategic Compass. Further assistance to Ukraine will be also high on the meeting agenda, as well as nations’ coordination of acquisition and supply of the assistance in the long and short-terms, and lessons learned in joint high-value procurements.
NATO and EU Military Committees are the highest military authorities that form common security and defence policy, and military missions and operations advice. Both bodies are formed by Chiefs of Defence who gather in Brussels in person twice a year.