Ministry of Defence
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Agency overview
FormedSeptember 30, 1814; 207 years ago (1814-09-30)
Superseding agency
JurisdictionKingdom of Norway
HeadquartersGlacisgata 1, Oslo, Norway[1]
Annual budgetNok.60 million (2009/10)
Agency executives
  • Frank Bakke-Jensen, (H), Minister of Defence
  • Øystein Bø, State Secretary
  • Erik Lund-Isaksen, Secretary General
Child agency

The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence (Norwegian: Det kgl. Forsvarsdepartement) is a Norwegian government ministry in charge of the formation and implementation of national security and defence policy, and for the overall management and control of the activities of subordinate agencies. The ministry is located at Glacisgata 1, Oslo, inside Akershus festning. The ministry is headed by the politically appointed Minister of Defence, currently Odd Roger Enoksen.[2] The ministry controls a large group of defence-related agencies, not to be related with Ministry of Foreign Affairs that controls all intelligence-related agencies in the country.

Core tasks


On behalf of the Secretary General, the secretariat prepares, quality-assures, coordinates and priorities all issues that are submitted to the Minister. Accordingly, the secretariat maintains overall responsibility for the Minister's activities.

The unit provides support both to the Minister and senior staff, both political and administrative, and to the Chief of Defence. The spokesman function is performed by separate spokesmen for the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Defence.

The Internal Auditor will contribute to the overall achievement of defence objectives by providing support to the Ministry's senior management in controlling and managing subordinate departments and agencies.

The Department of Personnel and General Services spans over a range of different professional areas, some administrative and some more related to aspects of development. Some of the department's tasks are purely internal while others, for example personnel policy and common legal services, entail responsibilities across the sector as a whole.

The Department of Security Policy is responsible for the handling of questions of security policy as well as for the Ministry's international activities and external relations in the field of security policy.

The Department of Management and Financial Governance has the overall responsibility for the planning and development of activities, the organisation and the structure of the Armed Forces within the particular long-term planning period. The department also exercises overall management and control of the activities of subordinate agencies.

The Department of Defence Policy and Long-Term Planning is responsible for strategic analysis, the development of long-term defence policy and overall planning for the defence sector.

See also


  1. ^ 51°30′14″N 0°7′30″W / 51.50389°N 0.12500°W / 51.50389; -0.12500
  2. ^ "Norway: new strategy to prevent flow of fighters to Iraq, Syria". World Bulletin News desk. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.

Coordinates: 59°54′24.29″N 10°44′33.48″E / 59.9067472°N 10.7426333°E / 59.9067472; 10.7426333