Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
May 20, 2022
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod D. Wolters attended the Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session (MCCS) at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 19, 2022. The overall focus of the meeting was collective defence.
Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the Military Committee, set the stage for the day, “In the past few months, NATO has shown that is it capable to swiftly and effectively change its posture. We have implemented the largest reinforcement of collective defence in a generation. The foundation for that adaptation came from work that the Military Committee started a few years ago, in close cooperation with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also joined the Chiefs of Defence during the first session to address the geostrategic context and preparations for the Madrid Summit in June.
The second session focused on Russia’s war in Ukraine, with the Chiefs of Defence from NATO Partner Nations Finland, Sweden and Ukraine joining the discussions.
The Chiefs of Defence also met with NATO’s Asia-Pacific Partners Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea, to discuss regional developments.
The final session, briefed by General Philippe Lavigne, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation focused on NATO’s Warfighting Capstone Concept and the ongoing digital transformation of the Alliance.
General Wolters highlighted Allied support to Ukraine and the defense of the Alliance.
Wolters said. “With respect to the defense of the alliance, we’ve responded in all domains, in all regions, to shield all allies. We’ve deployed elements of the NATO Response Force to strengthen our forward defense.”
Additionally he added, “There are now eight battle groups under NATO command deployed along the eastern flank. There are now over 42,000 troops and 120 jets on high alert, with more than 20 ships ready to respond, he said. “Our land domain has seen a 10-fold increase, the air domain a 50 percent increase of fighters patrolling the skies.”
May 20, 2022
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny, at the invitation of head of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, took part in a meeting of the NATO Military Committee at the level of commanders-in-Chief (Chiefs of Staff) in the format with Ukraine.
“I noted that our people are paying an extremely high price for freedom and European choice, and Europe is experiencing the biggest security crisis since the Second World War. I repeated my words at a meeting of the NATO Military Committee in January last year….The war since 2014 has become a real war for us, Ukrainians. Not ATO, not the JFO, but the war….”