Netherlands Chief of Defence
The Chief of Defence (CHOD) holds the highest military position in the Defence organisation. In this capacity, he is the most senior military adviser to the Minister of Defence. On behalf of the minister, he is responsible for preparing and executing military operations carried out by the Netherlands armed forces. Since 5 October 2017, Admiral Rob Bauer is the Netherlands Chief of Defence.
In charge of the armed forces Services
From his position in the Central Staff, the Chief of Defence directs the activities of the Navy, Army and Air Force. He is also in charge of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, when it is operating under the responsibility of the Minister of Defence.
The Chief of Defence is the military adviser to the Minister of Defence when decisions are being made about Defence policy. He also gives advice about any future military capabilities and deployment. Lieutenant-general Martin Wijnen is Vice Chief of Defence since 13 July 2017.
Order of the day - Admiral Rob Bauer
Colleagues, It feels almost surreal to be speaking to you here – today – as the new Chief of Defence. Minister Hennis and...
Curriculum Vitae Chief of Defence Admiral Rob Bauer
Curriculum Vitae of the Netherlands Chief of Defence, Admiral Rob Bauer. Since 5 October 2017, Bauer is the highest in rank...
Curriculum Vitae Vice Chief of Defence (VCHOD)
Curriculum Vitae of the Netherlands Vice Chief of Defence, lieutenant general Martin Wijnen.