General Knud Bartels Takes Over As NATO Military Committee Chairman

On Monday, General Knud Bartels assumed his position as Chairman of NATO 's Military Committee.

The veteran Danish soldier was elected to the top NATO military post by the Chiefs of Defense of the alliance's 28 member states on September 17.

Gen. Bartels succeeds Italian Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, who was appointed Italy's new Defense Minister in November.

The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee is the principal military adviser to the Secretary General, and the conduit through which consensus-based advice from the alliance's Defense Chiefs is presented to its political body, the North Atlantic Council.

The Chairman of the Military Committee is elected for a 3 year period. Since 1963, when the position was permanently installed, the chairmanship has been held by 16 officers from NATO member nations.

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