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The Joint Staff Command (EMACON in Spanish), as the sole auxiliary command body of the Chief of Defence Staff (JEMAD in Spanish), will support the Minister of Defence with political-military advice and in military planning and leadership at the strategic level when acting within the Armed Forces Operational Command.

GENERAL STAFF JOINT COMMAND CHIEF. Admiral Francisco Javier González-Huix Fernández

Born in Barcelona on 2 January 1957, he entered the Naval Military School in August 1975 and was employed as a Navy Ensign in July 1980. He was promoted to Ship Lieutenant in July 1983, to Lieutenant Commander in May 1992, to Commander in December 1999, to Captain in July 2006, to Rear Admiral in August 2010, to Vice Admiral in June 2014 and to Admiral on 23 June 2017.

He graduated from the Naval War College in July 1995 and from the 97th Senior Course of NATO Defence College in February 2001. In 2012 he completed the NATO Senior Officers Policy course at the NATO School in Oberammergau and he graduated from NATO Defence College's General Flag Officers and Ambassadors course.

Diver and Communications Specialist, he has taken many other courses related to his career.

He was on board the Frigate "Extremadura" and the Corvette "Diana". He was Chief of Operations of the submarines "Delfín" and "Mistral" as well as Chief of Orders of the 31st Escort Squadron. He was also the second commander of the patrol boat 'Recalde' and the submarine 'Tramontana'.

He was under the command of the Minesweeper "Odiel" in 1990/91, the submarine "Tramontana” in 1997/1999, the frigate "Santa María" in 2003/04 – being deployed 5 months in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf as part of the operation "Enduring Freedom"- and finally the Spanish Navy Submarine Units in 2007/09.

He was Chief of the COMSTANAVFORMED Staff in 2002/03 during the operation "Active Endeavour”, and of COM SP HRF (M) HQ in 2005/07, where he was in charge of the preparation and certification of the NATO Response Force (NRF) in cycles 7 and 8.

Between September 2011 and March 2013, he assumed the position of DCOS Operations at the HQ MC in Naples where he was also specifically designated DCOS OPS CTF 455 for the operation "Unified Protector” in Libya.

Between May 2013 and July 2016, he was Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Trainer at Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk (USA).

Since 23 June 2017 he acts as Joint Staff Commander.

Land-based assignments:  been Chief of the Navy Radio Station, Technical Advisor to the Under Deputy Secretary of Defence (SUBDEF), Current Operations Officer at EMACON, Liaison Officer (Maritime Operations and Intelligence) at USCENTCOM TAMPA (USA), Chief of the Doctrine Section of the Navy Chief of Staff and fChief of the Navy Staff Operations Division.

He holds the Grand Cross of Naval Merit, the Grand Cross of St. Hermenegildo, 5 crosses of Naval Merit, the Uruguayan medal, one cross of Military Merit, 2 NATO medals (article and non-article 5) and the Silver Defence Medal of the French Republic.

He holds SLP permanent certificates in English and French (4, 4, 4, 4) and 4,3, 3, 3 of Italian. He also speaks Portuguese. 

He is married to María Cristina, he has three children of 35, 30 and 25 years old. He likes history, reading, fishing and hunting (big and small game hunting).

Estructura del EMACON

The Joint Staff (EMACON) is divided into:

  • Headquarters.
  • Joint Staff General Secretary (SEGEMACON in Spanish).
  • Strategy Division (DIVESTRA in Spanish).
  • Planning Division (DIVPLA in Spanish).

The Head of EMACON consists of the General Staff Joint Command Chief (JEMACON in Spanish) and its personal supporting bodies.

Joint staff General Secretary

SEGEMACON is the body responsible for directly assisting JEMACON in the management of EMACON, as well as for the technical-administrative support to EMAD Headquarters bodies. It is also responsible for providing advice and support in those matters that, being under the responsibility of EMACON, are not specific to the Divisions that compose it. It will also act as Technical Secretariat of the Joint Action Support Command.

SEGEMACON is composed of the following bodies, under the General Secretary:

  • Coordination and Research/Studies Department.
  • Administrative Support Department.
  • Normative Production Department.
  • Documentation Centre.
  • Drawing and Reprographic Department.
  • EMAD General Registry.


Responsible for:

  • Assisting JEMACON in its managerial responsibilities, especially supporting its coordination in the activities corresponding to the Divisions that are subordinate to it.
  • Preparing the proposal for the monthly distribution of the EMAD units Special Dedication Bonus (CDE in Spanish) and, when applicable, other extraordinary bonuses.
  • Technical-administrative support and supervision of general support.
  • Acting as EMAD Transparency Unit.


Responsible for:

  • Providing administrative support to EMACON, in particular through documentation control.
  • Acting as a NATO/EU Control Point for SEGEMACON and for those bodies of the Defence Staff (CGEMAD in Spanish) that lack such point.


Responsible for:

  • Coordinating reports on regulatory projects required by other authorities
  • Elaboration and organic regulation of the normative production coming from EMAD.
  • Entrusting those studies and reports deemed appropriate to other EMAD units when the matter falls within the specific tasks attributed by ORDEF 166/2015 to that unit.


Responsible for:

  • Supporting all EMAD bodies regarding graphic design and specialised reprography.


Responsible for:

  • Registration and recording activities at a general level.
  • Managing, within NATO, of national classified information, information from international organisations, mainly NATO/EU, and from other countries under the undersigned agreements for the protection of classified information.
  • Developing EMACON's activities as coordination and control body for the NATO operational standardisation process, in coordination with its management bodies.
  • Management of personal security authorisations.


Responsible for:

  • EMAD documentary management, by virtue of Order 124/1995, regulating the existing General Registries within the Ministry of Defence.









Strategic Division

The Strategy Division (DIVESTRA in Spanish) is the body responsible for developing the Military Strategy and Armed Forces (FAS in Spanish) employment concept. It is also responsible for developing and coordinating FAS´s position before International Security and Defence Organizations (OISD in Spanish), in which JEMAD has responsibilities. The Strategy División is also responsible for planning, coordinating and controlling the activities derived from military relations of both bilateral and multilateral nature for which it is responsible; and for preparing military response options to support JEMAD in strategic operation planning and management.

DIVESTRA is composed of:

  • Technical Secretariat
  • Strategy and Strategic Plans Section
  • International Relations Section
  • Force Development Section


Responsible for:

  • Supporting JEMAD in its advisory role to the Minister, on issues concerning the present and future of the military strategy and resulting plans.
  • Considering the national and allied security framework, keeping updated the military strategy, and specially, establishing the strategic framework for military planning, together with its patterns of development and possible scenarios of action.
  • Assisting in tasks regarding crisis management, by supporting the political-military advice provided by JEMAD to the Minister of Defence and to the National Security Council.
  • Leading the production and development process of the Military Planning Guidelines and preparing the Armed Forces Employment Concept.
  • Keeping updated strategic analysis of the international security situation, identifying risks and threats, as well as possible strategic implications and changes of tendency, linking them with CIFAS and with the Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies of CESEDEN.
  • Preparing the military options presented to the Ministry of Defence (MINISDEF) by JEMAD, to be approved by the Government, by assisting the strategic planning and leading the operations. It is responsable for performing, among other actions, options for military responses and initial military guidelines to establish the operational planning framework, as well as taking part in strategic operation revision.
  • Planning and coordinating the national contribution to the multinational operational structures within the framework of International Security and Defence Organizations (OISD) through developing options for military responses and initial military guidelines.
  • Coordinating together with the National Military Representations before OISD, all those activities related with the previous duties, as well as keeping updated for the FAS the Catalogue of Rules of Engagement (ROEs).



Responsible for:

  • Advising about the directives, concepts, plans and other documents in process in the International Security and Defence organizations (OISD) in which JEMAD has responsibilities, including the international multinational or bilateral structures of military nature in which Spain takes part.
  • Preparing and coordinating the FAS´s position regarding the issues covered during NATO and EU military committees, and when determined, in other existing forums of the International Security and Defence Organizations, included within the scope of responsibility of JEMAD.
  • Leading the development of JEMAD Guidelines regarding FAS contribution to the Spain´s external action, as well as proposing and coordinating guidelines related to national contribution to the structures of those organizations, in particular, by establishing criteria, priorities and the participation of Spanish military personnel in the OISD.



Responsible for:

  • Drafting the FAS Enlistment Report
  • Issuing guidelines for reaching the enlistment level required for the Joint Force (FC in Spanish) as well as guiding its training, evaluation and certification.
  • Developing criteria for designing scenarios and for planning, programming and conducting joint and combined exercises.
  • Coordinating and controlling logistical aspects within its competence (advanced logistics) related to joint-combined exercises.
  • Participating in the lessons learned process together with the Operations Command (MOPS in Spanish) and the Joint Centre for Concept Development (CCDC in Spanish); and in the development of priority operational concepts implemented in collaboration with the Joint Action Support Command (JAAC in Spanish) and CCDC.
  • Identifying the need for the development of concepts for future operational environments to develop the military planning strategic framework.
  • Taking part in the development of the CESEDEN research programme.
  • Analysing and promoting the synchronization process of the joint further education with the needs of the operational structure developed in CESEDEN.


Planning Division

The Planning Division (DIVPLA in Spanish) is the EMACON´s body responsible for preparing and coordinating Force planning, developing duties related to the process of acquiring those material resources included within the JEMAD responsibility, and for guiding the transformation processes of FAS operational capabilities. It will be also responsible for preparing and coordinating FAS´s position before International Security and Defence Organizations (OISD) in the logistics domain.

DIVPLA is composed of:

  • Technical Secretariat
  • Force Plans Section.
  • Resource Plans Section.
  • Organization Section.


Responsible for:

  • Being integrated into the process of “Defence planning”, as stated in the pertinent Ministerial Order.
  • Coordinating, developing and monitoring force planning in order to establish FAS Military Capabilities, as well as designing the Force´s Objectives in the long term.
  • Cooperating in design and development of the Military Planning Guidelines.
  • Coordinating national participation into the capability planning developed by International Security and Defence Organizations (NATO and EU) and within a multilateral framework.
  • Obtaining a detailed definition of the joint capabilities identified in the process of force planning, through the specified directives.


Responsible for:

  • Coordinating the output process arising from the military capabilities approved within the Military Capabilities Objective (OCM in Spanish) and within its competence, according to MIRADO factors (material, infrastructure, human resources, training, doctrine and organization), by coordinating and validating its requirements and its subsequent control and monitoring.
  • Planning, coordinating and controlling the logistical aspects within its competence, related to the provision of resources and FAS joint capabilities together with the responsibilities of being “host nation”.
  • Participating in the different logistical committees included within its competence in the OISD at strategic and political-military level.
  • Planning, coordinating and controlling the estimation of financial requirements at FAS disposal, oriented to capability planning in accordance with MIRADO factors.
  • Planning the need of ordinary credits to be assigned to national seniors in international organizations and credits for Peacekeeping Operations (OMP in Spanish) in order to attend those CSI created within EMAD, except those from OMP controlled by MOPS, and providing guidelines for their management.
  • Contributing and coordinating, when required, the procurement of military capabilities within OISD.
  • Planning on infrastructures within EMAD
  • Coordinating the operational and technical aspects regarding FAS usage of fuels, lubricants and associated products.
  • Becoming part of the working body of the Boards of Weapons and Material and Lubricants and Fuels Programmes.
  • Coordinating, through its NSIP (NATO Security Investment Program) Section, the Capability Management Package (CP) NSIP, being also responsible, in coordination with all the bodies participating in the process, of the activities related to the CP processing within NATO.



Responsible for:

  • Conducting studies and proposals for the standardization of the Army, Navy, Air Force and EMAD organization in order to improve operational efficiency of the Armed Forces, and to unify all those services whose tasks are not exclusive of the Army, Navy, Air Force or EMAD.
  • Compiling the EMAD´s organization structure and supporting the Human Resources Section regarding workforce definition.
  • Encouraging, coordinating and controlling the regulations regarding organization, by activating the organic regulation process.
  • Supporting SEGEMACON in global planning coordination, in the proper functioning of the organization operating under JEMAD and in the coordination with the regulations developed within the Ministry.