NATO Military Committee chooses successor to General Petr Pavel

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chief of Defence Staff of the United Kingdom's Armed Forces elected as next Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.

Participants at the Tirana session
Participants at the Tirana session

At a session in Tirana (Albania) last week, the Allied Chiefs of Defence elected U.K. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, as the next Chariman of the NATO Military Committee. He will assume the position in the summer of 2018 when the current Chairman, Czech General Petr Pavel, will hand over the position to him.

General Petr Pavel held the position of Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces from 2012 - 2015 and, in June 2015, he took over the role of Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. This was an important moment in history as he is the first representative of a former Warsaw Pact nation to become Chairman.

The Chairman is the senior military advisor to the Secretary General and North Atlantic Council. He represents their consensus-based views to the Secretary General, the North Atlantic Council and other NATO organisations, and guides the Military Committee.

During their regular session, the Chiefs of Defence discussed current security issues and the challenges they face in achieving stabillity in troubled regions, as well as NATO's Projecting Stability programme. They paid particular attention to the situation in the Middle East, North Africa and the Western Balkans. The session also included a discussion on the adaptation of NATO‘s structures in line with current conditions and the future perspectives of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

"The coming years will definitely not be easy ones for NATO. Two weeks ago, during his visit to the Czech Republic, I had the occasion to have a detailed discussion with Sir Peach regarding NATO‘s current and future projects and policies. I congratulated him on his nomination, and I have complete confidence in his abilities," said Chief of the General Staff General Becvar on the election of the new Chairman.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

September 22, 2017