The Air Defence and Operations (in Spanish MDOA) is directly subordinated to the Defence Chief of Staff and operationally depends on the Operations Command.
Its mission is to plan, conduct and execute, on a permanent basis, the surveillance, security, control and air police operations that will make it possible to react to any low-intensity crisis that may occur. To this end, the police and air defence missions necessary to ensure the integrity of the national airspace and contribute to deterrence, are executed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In the event of a threat, the MDOA will use the assigned air, naval and land assets to stop any possible aggression and contribute to deterrence. In order to train and improve the integration of joint capabilities, the Air Defence and Operations Command performs Eagle Eye exercises throughout the year at different points along the Spanish coast.
The Space Surveillance Operations Centre (COVE) depends on the MDOA.
COVE's mission will be surveillance and knowledge of the space situation of interest and provision of services in support of the Armed Forces' operations.
Lieutenant General César Miguel Simón López
As General Chief of the Air Combat Command, his main task is to prepare the air combat units, combat support units, state action units and the command and control system, in order to set up the air operational structures for carrying out military operations quickly and efficiently.
As the Commander of the Air Defence and Operations (MDOA) in the operative structure of the Armed Forces, he is responsible for planning, conduct and monitoring of surveillance, security, control and air police operations in air spaces of sovereignty, responsibility and national interest.
· XXXVII National Defence Course (2017)
· Training for the performance of the duties of Brigadier General
· NATO Senior Officer Policy.
· NADEFCOL for Officers.
· Air Staff Diplomate.
· Hunting and Attack Pilot.
· Advanced Air Controller.
· Survival, Evasion and Rescue.
· Aeroplane Observer Course.
· Course Supplies
· 1981 Lieutenant XXXIII Promotion General Air Academy.
· 1981/1982 Reactor School. Reactors Course.
· 1982 Wing 14 Air Force in Albacete.
· 1987 General Air Academy in San Javier (Murcia). Flight teacher at the Basic School.
· 1988 Wing 15 Air Force in Zaragoza.
· 1991 General Staff of the Air Operative Command in Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base (Madrid).
· 1992/1993 Superior Air School. General Staff Course.
· 1993 General Staff of the Air Operative Command in Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base (Madrid).
· 1994 Air Combat Command Staff in Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base (Madrid).
· 1998 Wing 12 Air Force in Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base (Madrid), Head of Support Group and Head of Air Force Group.
· 2001 NETMA, Eurofighter Programme, in Munich, Germany. Programme Management.
· 2004 Logistics Support Command Systems Directorate/Eurofighter Programme Office.
· 2006 Central Body, Directorate General for Defence Policy, Subdirectorate General for Defence International Plans and Relations, NATO Area.
· 2007 Air Staff secondment to the Directorate General for Defence Policy.
· 2008 Permanent Representation of Spain in NATO, in the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Defence Counsellor of the Spanish Ambassador to the North Atlantic Council.
· 2011 Chief of Staff to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
· 2014 Chief of Staff of the Air Combat Command.
· 2016 Second Chief of the Air Combat Command.
· 2017 General Chief of Air Combat Command.
· Originally from La Coruña, married and father of a daughter
· Sports and reading enthusiast.
· Almost 3,000 flight hours, more than 2,500 on fighter planes.
The Maritime Safety and Surveillance Command was created by Ministerial Order 86/2012, of December 4, which defines it as follows:
“The Maritime Security and Surveillance Command is the body of the Armed Forces operational structure, directly subordinated to the Chief of Defence Staff, responsible for planning, conducting and monitoring surveillance and security operations in maritime areas of sovereignty, responsibility and national interest.”
The Order itself determines that:
“The commands, units and forces assigned to it or that integrate the constituted operative organizations or those which are established for the fulfilment of the tasks that are entrusted to it, will operatively depend on the Command of Surveillance and Maritime Security.
Subsequently, Order DEF/166/2015, of 21 January, which develops the basic organization of the Armed Forces, establishes in Article 5 that, in the development of the organization of the Defence Staff, the Maritime Surveillance and Security Command will be integrated as a permanent operational organization.
It will again be reflected in Order DEF/1887/2015, of 16 September, which develops the basic organization of the Defence General Staff, in the same terms as it was in the previous one.