General André Lanata joined NATO's thirty Chiefs of Defence in Athens, Greece for his last session of the Military Committee before departing NATO's Allied Command Transformation.

The agenda for the Conference focused on NATO-led operations, missions and activities and the threats and challenges facing NATO. The Chiefs of Defence exchanged views on the military input to the Alliance’s lessons learnt process that will evaluate the Alliance’s engagement in Afghanistan.

The Military Committee received briefings from NATO’s two Strategic Commanders, General André Lanata, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and General Tod Wolters, Supreme Allied Headquarters Commander Europe on NATO’s Warfighting Capstone Concept and the concept of Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic area.

General Lanata's briefing on the NATO Warfighting Capstone Concept outlined a threat-informed vision of the challenges NATO faces today and tomorrow, the military instrument Allies need for success, and a realistic path to get there by pulling forward and continuously refining the most important warfare development work towards 5 essential Warfare Development Imperatives: Cognitive superiority, Layered resilience, Influence and power projection, Integrated multi-domain defence and Cross-domain command.

The Chiefs of Defence discussed enduring threats and peacetime challenges, stressing how the geopolitical environment was changing and the line between peace and crisis was increasingly blurred. The Military Committee then deliberated the changing nature of warfare and how the Alliance needs to maintain pace with the speed of technological change.

The NATO 2030 agenda was the focus of the next session as the Chiefs of Defence discussed its implications and opportunities for the NATO Military Authorities. Discussions then turned to how the Chiefs of Defence would provide their military advice into the next NATO Strategic Concept.

The final meeting of the day saw the Chiefs of Defence nominate Lieutenant General Janusz Adamczak as the next Director General of the International Military Staff. Lieutenant General Janusz Adamczak from Poland will take office in the summer of 2022.