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Welcoming words by Admiral Teodoro E. López Calderón
Spain's CHOD - Admiral Teodoro E. López Calderón


The Defence Staff  (EMAD in Spanish) is the designated organisation for the development of joint and combined action in operations, both on domestic soil and abroad.

Permanent Operations or the different Foreign Missions within the framework of NATO, the EU and the UN are clear examples of this joint-combined action. In addition, operations 'BALMIS' and 'BALUARTE Mission' have also highlighted our joint effort supporting the society.

As Chief of Defence (JEMAD in Spanish), my responsibility is the operational structure of the Armed Forces and I work every day to ensure they are efficient and able to contribute to the defence of Spain's interests, wherever they are required, aiming to protect freedom and security of the Spanish people and contributing, along with our allies, to international stability.

Thousands of Internet users who visit us are a constant motivation for us to keep on doing our work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. EMAD's website is a great channel to get to know our organisation and the way we operate. Always serving our citizens, with dedication, humbleness and professionalism.

Through this website, we will be open to all those who are interested in getting to know our mission, our capabilities and our willing to serve.

Thank you very much for visiting us.


Admiral Teodoro E. López Calderón

Chief of Defence