Haakon Bruun-HanssenHaakon Bruun-Hanssenhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20150224th_ 13394.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=1905Portrait of Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, Norwegian Chief of Defence. Photo: Torgeir Haugaard
20140923th_8791allmenn20140923th_8791allmennhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20140923th_8791allmenn.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2213Chief of Defence, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen. Photo: Torgeir Haugaard

Chief of Defence

The Chief of Defence (CHoD) is the Defence Minister's top military adviser and is an integral part of the Ministry of Defence.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.
Published 11 June 2015 17:15.. Last updated 25 June 2020 15:54.