En flyteknisk befalsskoleelev ved Luftforsvarets befalsskole jobber på et F-16 jagerfly ved Bodø flystasjonA technical student at the Royal Norwegian Air Force repairing a F-16 plane at Bodø air stationEn flyteknisk befalsskoleelev ved Luftforsvarets befalsskole jobber på et F-16 jagerfly ved Bodø flystasjonA technical student at the Royal Norwegian Air Force repairing a F-16 plane at Bodø air stationhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/_P3A8893.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5198A technical student from the Air Force checking an F-16 fighter at Bodø Air Station in Northern Norway. Photo by Torgeir Haugaard, Norwegian Armed Forces

Other departments

The Armed Forces are divided into 14 branches and departments. These have different tasks and expertise, and operate all over the country.

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The Norwegian Intelligence ServiceThe Norwegian Intelligence Service<p>​​​The Norwegian Intelligence Service is responsible for the acquisition of information concerning matters outside Norway's borders. The Service gathers, processes and analyses information relating to Norwegian interests seen in relation to foreign states, organisations and individuals. </p><p>The purpose of intelligence activity is to contribute towards providing the Norwegian political and military authorities with a sound basis for decision-making where security, defence and foreign policy matters are concerned. </p><p>The Intelligence Service Act of 1998, together with instructions relating to the Intelligence Service from 2001, constitutes the formal basis for the intelligence activities of the NIS. The instructions stipulate that the Intelligence Service shall be under Norwegian control.</p><p>The Director of the Norwegian Intelligence Service is Lieutenant General Morten Haga Lunde.​<br></p>
The Logistics OrganisationThe Logistics Organisation<p>​<span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the Armed Forces' materiel.</span></p><p>The Logistics Organisation ensures that the Armed Forces' equipment is available, up to date and working properly. The organisation maintains, supplies and modernises all the materiel in the Norwegian Armed Forces.</p><p>Through efficient logistics and solutions, the organisation makes sure that the Armed Forces can respond quickly and endure long periods of time. The Logistics Organisation provides Norwegian soldiers with everything from woollen underwear to advanced weapons.</p><p>The best technicians in Norway work for the Logistics Organisation in order to maintain some of Europe's most advanced defence equipment. The organisation's employees also developed the well-known Norwegian field boot, and they have taken part in developing the high-tech helmet to be used in our new F-35 fighter jets.</p><p>In 2016, several divisions in the Logistics Organisation were reorganised into a new agency – the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (<em>Norwegian name: Forsvarsmateriell</em>). The agency is subordinate to the Ministry of Defence, and is responsible for all investments and procurements of materiel and technology to the Armed Forces. The Materiel Agency has around 1,300 employees.​ <a href="/forsvarsmateriell/en/" title="Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency" target="_blank">Visit the Agency's website here.​</a></p>
The Norwegian Armed Forces Special Operations CommandThe Norwegian Armed Forces Special Operations Command<p>​​The Norwegian Special Operations Command (NORSOCOM) is a joint staff that runs the Armed Forces' two special forces: the Norwegian Special Operations Commando (FSK) and the Norwegian Naval Special Operations Commando (MJK).</p><p><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">The Special Operations Commando selects, educates and trains paratroopers and SOF operators, and produces officers for the Norwegian Armed Forces. FSK is on both national and international standby for special operations and counter-terrorism operations.</span></p><p>The Naval Special Operations Commando is the Armed Forces' maritime special force and is an integrated part of modern military operations. MJK​ solves tasks that require thorough planning, quick reaction, high precision and the ability to act independently. The Commando operates nationally and in international operations.</p><p>As of 2018, the commander of NORSOCOM is Major General Torgeir Gråtrud.​</p>
The Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Medical ServicesThe Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Medical Services<p class="forsvaretElement-p">​​The Joint Medical Service is the central organisation responsible for medical matters in the Norwegian Armed Forces. It also represents the Armed Forces' most important contribution to the development and maintenance of a first class medical service in peacetime as in time of crisis or war, both nationally and internationally. </p><p class="forsvaretElement-p">It contributes to and manages the further development of medical and veterinary services in the Norwegian Armed Forces and is the force producer when medical elements are required for operations at home or abroad. </p><p class="forsvaretElement-p">The Joint Medical Service is active in developing the professional field of military medicine in such areas as organisation, materiel, personnel and procedures both within NATO and in the context of Norway's total defence. It undertakes research in many areas including traumatology, aviation medicine, naval medicine and disaster psychiatry. </p><p class="forsvaretElement-p">It is based at Sessvollmoen outside Oslo.​</p>
The Norwegian Defence University CollegeThe Norwegian Defence University College<p>​​​The Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC) has the overall professional responsibility for accredited professional training in the Ar​​med Forces and offers courses at the highest military and academic levels. This includes informative and command courses for key personnel in both the military and the civil sectors as well as higher level courses for officers in the form of staff courses and masters degree level studies at the Norwegian Defence and Staff College. <span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"> <br></span></p><p> <span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">In addition, NDUC organises and conducts courses and further education for civilian employees and national service conscripts. NDUC has its main offices at Akershus Fortress in Oslo​.</span></p><p> NDUC consists of the following departments: </p><ul><li>The Norwegian Military Academy (Krigsskolen) </li><li>The Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (RNONA) </li><li>The Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy (RNOAFA) </li><li>The NDUC of Engineering – Telematics </li><li>The Norwegian National Defence College (sjefsskurset) </li><li>The Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College (NDCSC) </li><li>The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) </li></ul><p> <span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><a href="/en/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=80770feb-09db-4c4d-a9d8-e080c7fddae1&TermSetId=9a3fcfec-5c38-43fb-be62-0bca98419dc9&TermId=8e32ed0c-392f-4da7-92d3-22367a70270d">Read more about the NDUC here.</a></span></p>
The Norwegian Armed Forces HR and Conscription CentreThe Norwegian Armed Forces HR and Conscription Centre<p>​​The Centre is the Armed Forces' personnel centre. It manages conscription in the Norwegian Armed Forces, including the process of selecting and distributing personnel for the initial service. It also manages military refresher training and mobilisation.​</p><p>On 1 August 2016, the Norwegian Armed Forces Salary and Pay Office​ was merged with the HR and Conscription Centre. The Salary and Pay Office is responsible for all the salaries and payments in the Norwegian Armed Forces. The Office is also in charge of producing the Armed Forces' payroll accounting.​<span style="font-size:13px;">​</span></p>
The Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Support ServicesThe Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Support Services<p>​The<span class="s1" style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"> Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Support Services was established in 2016 and has a staff and 11 subdivisions:</span><span class="s1" style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"> </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">the Media Centre, the Unit for Military Culture and Traditions, the Security Department, Forum (The Defence's Forum), the Chaplaincy, and the Accounting Office. In addition, the Oslo Garrison Management,<span style="font-family:proximanova, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:16px;line-height:26px;"> </span>the Regulatory Unit, the Defence Museums<span style="font-family:proximanova, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:16px;line-height:26px;">, </span>the Defence Music and Bands<span style="font-family:proximanova, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:16px;line-height:26px;">, </span>the Armed Forces Commander Cabinets and the Veterans' Affairs Division, make up the department. Read m</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">ore about the different divisions in the Joint Services Department:</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><strong>The ​​​</strong></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">​​​​​</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><strong>Norwegian Armed Forces Media Centre</strong><br></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">is the media and communication central in the Norwegian Armed Forces. It manages advertising campaigns and gives advice on issues concerning communication, marketing, recruitment and heraldry. It also produces texts, photos, videos and design, and i</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">t manages the Armed Forces' photo and video archives. Among them is the online </span><a href="/en/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=80770feb-09db-4c4d-a9d8-e080c7fddae1&TermSetId=9a3fcfec-5c38-43fb-be62-0bca98419dc9&TermId=d33d94f8-8ee6-4081-a5b9-4044f1e9ab55" style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><span class="s2">Media Archive</span></a><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">. ​</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><b>Divisions within Military Culture and Traditions<br></b></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">This section consists of: </span><b><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Oslo Garrison Management</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">, </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">the Regulatory Unit, </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">the Defence Museums</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">, </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">the Defence Music and Bands</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">, and </span></b><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><b>the Armed Forces Commander Cabinets</b></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">. These units manage the Norwegian Armed Forces' fortress commanders, museums, military bands, and the veterans' centre. </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Seven museums, eight fortress commanders and five military music bands constitute the cultural base in the Norwegian Armed Forces. In addition, the veterans' centre Bæreia 100 kilometres (60 miles) </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">north of Oslo, offers recreation and courses. It also serves as a connecting point for Norwegian veterans and their families. </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">​ </span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><b>The Norwegian Armed Forces Security Department<br></b></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">has the overall responsibility for creating and exercising a preventive security service in the Norwegian Armed Forces. The Department ensures that the activities of the Armed Forces are organised and conducted in accordance with the requirements determined in the Norwegian Security Act.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"></span><b><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><em>Forsvarets forum</em> (En</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">glish: </span></b><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><b>The Defence's Forum)<br></b></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">is a journalistic independent media institution wi</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">thin the Norwegian Armed Forces. It publishes the magazine </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><em>F</em></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><em> – Forsvarets forum</em> ten times per year. The magazine provides free and independent information, and its aim is to create debate around the Armed Forces and their activities. </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">In 2017, the magazine had a circulation of 63,400 copies. </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><em><span><span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><em>F</em></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><em> – Forsvarets forum</em></span></span></span></em></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"> is not only distributed within the Armed Forces, but also to former employees, libraries, employment offices, the press, and different organisations. Per 2018, <span><span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><em></em></span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><em> Forsvarets forum</em></span></span></span> </span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">has nine employees. Editor is Tor Eigil Stordahl.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><b>The Norwegian Armed Forces Chaplaincy (NORAFC)</b><br>is in charge of the field chaplain service in the Norwegian Armed Forces. The Corps employs around 55 Christian ministers, 1 Muslim field imam and 1 <span><span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">secular field humanism philosopher. They serve</span></span></span> in all the branches of the Armed Forces. The ministers conduct Christian services, baptisms, marriages and funerals. The imam handles and serves the religious needs of Muslims in the armed forces, while the field philosopher handles the needs of non-religious personnel. <br></span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><strong>The Norwegian Armed Forces Accounting Office</strong><br><span class="s1">manages the accounting on behalf of the Norwegian Armed Forces. All incoming and outgoing invoices pass the office. The Armed Forces have one joint billing address, and this belongs to the Accounting Office. </span>​</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;"><b>The Norwegian Veterans' Affairs Division</b><br>provides advice and information on questions and issues regarding medals, decorations and military veterans from international operations. </span></li></ul>
The Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber DefenceThe Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence<p><span style="color:#333333;font-family:proximanova, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">​The Cyber Defence runs, secures and defends the Armed Forces' computer systems, networks and high-technology platforms from attacks in and from the cyber domain.​</span></p><p style="box-sizing:content-box;margin-bottom:1.875em;font-size:16px;line-height:26px;color:#333333;font-family:proximanova, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">The Cyber Defence also provides other military departments with sensor and radar data. The department is in charge of running and maintaining the Armed Forces' jointly integrated management system (FIF). </p><p style="box-sizing:content-box;margin-bottom:1.875em;font-size:16px;line-height:26px;color:#333333;font-family:proximanova, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">The department's main base is at Jørstadmoen, Lillehammer in Eastern Norway.​</p>

Published 11 June 2015 18:06.. Last updated 28 May 2019 16:05.