Klaus Naumann

Klaus Naumann

Former chairman of the NATO Military Committee; former chief of staff of the German armed forces

Klaus Naumann, retired four-star general of the German army, was elected as the chairman of the North Atlantic Military Committee by the NATO chiefs of defence at their December 1994 meeting, holding the position from February 1996 until May 1999.

General Naumann retired in May 1999 near the end of the Kosovo Air Campaign. After his retirement, he served as a member of the UN Panel on UN Peace Operations in 2000 and in 2001 as a member of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty.

Earlier in his military career, he had two assistant branch chief tours in Bonn and an assignment as executive officer to the vice chief of staff, Federal Armed Forces. He also served on the staff of the German military representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, where he was chief of the Military Policy, Nuclear Strategy and Arms Control Section.

Promoted to Brigadier General in April 1986, he became deputy chief of staff (planning), followed by a two-star assignment as deputy chief of staff (politico-military affairs and operations) both at Armed Forces Staff, MOD Bonn.

Thereafter, General Naumann was commanding general of I Corps in Münster from where he moved to the position of chief of staff, Federal Armed Forces, in October 1991. He was immediately promoted to four-star general and held that position until February 1996. In that capacity, he reoganized and downsized the Bundeswehr to integrate the former East German Armed Forces and to oversee the first German deployments to peacekeeping missions to Cambodia, Somalia and Yugoslavia.

He is currently a commissioner in the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and serves a number of other nonprofit efforts, including a role as the vice president of the Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft. In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate from the Miklos Zrinyi University, Budapest. In October 2006, he was elected to serve as a senator in the Board of the German National Foundation (Deutsche Nationalstiftung).

General Naumann has received numerous military awards and decorations, including Commander's Cross of the Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany; Grand Officier de la Légion d'Honneur (France); Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Militar con Distintivo Blanco (Spain); and Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (mil) (United Kingdom).

He is the author of Die Bundeswehr in einer Welt im Umbruch (The Bundeswehr in a world of transition) andPeace: The Unaccomplished Mission.