MoD recommends chief of general staff to lead NATO Military Committee

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Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Wednesday that he had recommended Rajmund Andrzejczak, chief of the general staff of the Polish armed forces, to take up the position of Chairman of NATO's Military Committee.

Blaszczak made the announcement on Twitter, wishing Andrzejczak success in the September election.

The Military Committee is NATO's highest military authority. It is made up of defence chiefs of the alliance's 30 member states. It is the primary source of military advice to the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group, and gives direction to the two Strategic Commanders, NATO's website states.

The Military Committee's chairman in selected by the defence chiefs of the member states for a three-year term.

The chairman directs the Military Committee and acts on its behalf, issuing directives and guidance both to the Director General of the International Military Staff and to NATO’s Strategic Commanders. He also has an important public role as Committee spokesman and representative, making him the senior military spokesman for the Alliance on all military matters, according to the NATO website.