Chief of staff

The title chief of staff (or head of staff) identifies the leader of a complex organization such as the armed forces, institution, or body of persons and it also may identify a principal staff officer (PSO), who is the coordinator of the supporting staff or a primary aide-de-camp to an important individual, such as a president, or a senior military officer, or leader of a large organization.

In general, a chief of staff provides a buffer between a chief executive and that executive's direct-reporting team. The chief of staff generally works behind the scenes to solve problems, mediate disputes, and deal with issues before they are brought to the chief executive. Often chiefs of staff act as a confidant and advisor to the chief executive, acting as a sounding board for ideas. Ultimately the actual duties depend on the position and the people involved.

Civilian

Brazil

  • Chief of Staff of the Presidency

Canada

India

Nigeria

  • Chief of Staff to the President

Pakistan

  • Principal Secretary to the President
  • Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister

Philippines

South Korea

Spain

  • Moncloa Chief of Staff

United Kingdom

United States

Military

In general, the positions listed below are not "chiefs of staff" as defined at the top of this page; they are the heads of the various forces/commands and tend to have subordinates that fulfill the "chief of staff" roles.

In general

  • Chief of the Defence
  • Chief of the Defence Staff
  • Chief of the General Staff
  • Chief of the Army Staff
  • Chief of the Air Staff
  • Chief of the Naval Staff
  • Category:Vice chiefs of staff

Azerbaijan

Canada

France

  • Chief of the Defence Staff (French: Chef d'État-Major des Armées, CEMA)
    • Chief of Staff of the French Air Force (French: Chef d'État-Major de l'Armée de l'Air, CEMAA)
    • Chief of Staff of the French Army (French: Chef d'État-Major de l'Armée de Terre, CEMAT)
    • Chief of Staff of the French Navy (French: Chef d'État-Major de la Marine, CEMM)
    • Chief of Staff of the French Gendarmerie (French: Directeur-Général de la Gendarmerie, DGGN)

Ghana

  • Chief of Defence Staff
    • Chief of the Army Staff
    • Chief of the Navy Staff
    • Chief of the Air Staff

Greece

India

Indonesia

  • Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army
  • Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy
  • Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Air Force

Ireland

  • Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces

Israel

Italy

Pakistan

Philippines

  • Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines, later renamed to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, AFP - exercises command and control over all elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Portugal

  • Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (Portuguese: Chefe do Estado-Maior-General das Forças Armadas, CEMGFA) - operational commander of the Portuguese Armed Forces
    • Chief of Staff of the Navy (Portuguese: Chefe do Estado-Maior da Armada, CEMA) - commander of the Portuguese Navy
    • Chief of Staff of the Army (Portuguese: Chefe do Estado-Maior do Exército, CEME) - commander of the Portuguese Army
    • Chief of Staff of the Air Force (Portuguese: Chefe do Estado-Maior da Força Aérea, CEMFA) - commander of the Portuguese Air Force

Spain

Sri Lanka

United Kingdom

The Sovereign is the Commander-in-Chief. The CDS heads the Chiefs of Staff Committee and is assisted by the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

United States

See also

References

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