In addition to being the Defence Minister's adviser, the Chief is the Government's principal adviser on military questions. He also exercises full command of the Norwegian Armed Forces.
Military command authority is delegated to military commanders. The Chief of Defence is the country's highest ranked military official.
The current Chief is Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen born 1960 in Bergen. He has held the position since 19 November 2013. He will be followed by Major General Eirik Kristoffersen on 17 August 2020.
Before becoming Chief of Defence, Bruun-Hanssen served as Commander for the Norwegian Joint Headquarters. He has also been Chief of the Royal Norwegian Navy and Chief of Naval Staff.
The Admiral started his military career in 1980.