1.- The Defence Staff (EMAD) is structured as follows:
2.- Reporting directly to the Chief of Defence Staff (JEMAD) are:
a) The permanent operational organisations:
b) National military organisations related to international or multinational organisations.
1. Military representations.
2. National elements:
2a. National Element of the Combined Air Operations Centre Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejon (NE-CAOCTJ).
2b. National Element of the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (NE-CoE CIED).
3. National Support Elements (NSEs).
4. National contingents integrated into international and multinational organisations or being part of coalitions or collaborations with allied countries, as well as liaison officers stationed abroad reporting to the ESP CHOD.
1. Defence Staff HQ (CGEMAD) is responsible for providing support and advice to CHOD (JEMAD) within the scope of his responsibilities. It is made up of all the bodies that comprise human and assets necessary to assist ESP CHOD in the exercise of his command.
2. CGEMAD is made up of:
Defence Staff Headquarters also hosts CGEMAD's Comptroller office, which reports organically and functionally to the General Defence Comptroller's Office.
EMACON is made up of:
To support its tasks, the Head Office may have a Research Office.
Chief of Joint Staff is Lieutenant General (Army), Fernando García González-Valerio.
For further information on EMACON and all its component units you can visit the UNITS tab of this website.
JRRHH is structured as follows:
The position of Head of Human Resources is filled by Major General (Army), Francisco Javier Sánchez Fernández.
The Assistance and Advisory Bodies are as follows:
The position of CHOD's Cabinet Director is held by Brigadier General (Air Force), Manuel de la Chica Camúñez.
1.- It will be a body providing immediate support to CHOD, with the generic function of studying, advising, directing and processing all matters affecting to CHOD, as well as within the framework of the OISD by delegation of the Minister of Defence and as the institutional representative of the Armed Forces.
2.- GABTECJEMAD will be established as the support body to CHOD in matters related to the National Security System (SSN), the National Defence Council and the rest of the SSN's specialised committees.
3.- It will be responsible for CHOD's institutional relations with all public and private administrations and organisations.
4.- It will direct, coordinate, design and execute all CHOD's public and protocol activities in Spain and abroad.
5.- It will coordinate and execute along with media and social networks all activities related to strategic communication and public information within the CGEMAD, providing guidelines to the entire EMAD, in coordination with EMACON.
6.- EMAD's Sergeant Major will report directly to CHOD and will be administratively attached to GABTECJEMAD.
7.- It will be structured as follows
a. PartIcular Secretariat (SECGABTECJEMAD).
b. Technical Department (COTEC).
c. Office of Institutional Relations and Protocol (ORIP).
d. Communication Office (CO).
e. Office of Classified Documentation (ODC).
f. CHOD's aide-de-camp (ACJEMAD).
1.- The Legal Advisory Office within the Defence Staff HQ (ASEJUEMAD) is the sole consultative and advisory body on legal matters to CHOD and such other bodies he may determine. It shall report organically to CHOD and functionally to the General Defence Legal Advisor's Office.
2.- The Retamares Base Legal Section shall be part of this, and shall provide legal advice directly to all the units hosted at Retamares Base and to the units subordinate to them, regardless of their location and place of assignment, in accordance with the implementing provisions issued in this area. This section will report organically and functionally to the Head of ASEJUEMAD.
Defence Staff HQ's Legal Advisor is Colonel Auditor, Ramón Martínez Guillem.
The Head of JAE is Navy Quartermaster Colonel, Santiago José Acosta Ortega.
The figure of the Chief of Defence (JEMAD in Spanish), was created in 1980.
As an operational commander, and due to the continuous integration of the three branches of the Armed Forces, the Chief of Defence was gradually extending his functions until the present time, in which he exercises the joint operational command of the Armed Forces.
The background of joint forces, as the main reason for strengthening the figure of CHOD, can be found at the early beginning of the 20th century, when, Army and Navy forces disembarked at Alhucemas, an operation under the command of the High Commissioner in Morocco.
In 1939, the High Staff Command (HSC) was established, creating the unity of command, the arrangement of the chain of command and high military studies schools. Also, the Joint Staff (EMACON) with the aim of carrying out the study of joint doctrine and the training of senior officers and joint general staff.
The formalisation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and EMACON as its working body led to the abolition of the HSC and later, in 1980, to the creation of the figure of JEMAD.
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