Sookermany, Anders McD.
DepartmentNorwegian Defence University College, Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College
PositionHead teacher
Phone+47 23 09 59 66
E-mailasookermany@fhs.mil.no

​​​​​​​​Anders McD Sookermany (b. 1967) is both an active duty officer and a Senior Fellow at Centre for Civil-Military Relations. He was a research fellow at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences Defence Institute. He has a Defense College education supplemented with a doctorate degree in Pedagogy form the University of Oslo and a masters degree in Philosophy of Sport from the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences. 

His research interest is related to skill-acquisition in postmodern/modern military contexts. Currently Sookermany is heading the institutes R&D-program “Learning under Risk” (LuR). The overall aim of the LuR-program is to describe, understand and explain the risk dimension in (relation to) soldiers’ learning before, during and after participation in military operations. As a sports- and pedagogical philosopher Sookermany is also interested in the Philosophy of Science, a subject he teaches at the masters level at the Norwegian Defence University College. More so, for the time being he is in cooperation with the military academies in the process of developing a new bachelor subject on developing military training cultures. 

In addition Sookermany has, within the broader area of his expertise (education, learning, training, performance and culture), participated in several national and international committees, councils, working groups etc. He is a member of the editorial board of the Armed Forces & Society journal.​


Books/reports/dissertations

  • Sookermany, Anders McD and Jørgen Weidemann Eriksen, eds. 2007. Veglederen : et festskrift til Nils Faarlund / red. Anders McD Sookermany & Jørgen W. Eriksen. Oslo: Gan forlag.
  • Säfvenbom, Reidar and Anders McD Sookermany. 2005. Sport and Peace: The use of Sport and Physical Activity during Military Operations Abroad. Report, Norges idrettshøgskole Forsvarets institutt.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 2005. Fra vernepliktig rekrutt til ekspertsoldat Ferdighetslæring i det nye Forsvaret. Oslo: GAN Forlag AS.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD, Espen Rustad, Audun Johannessen and Jan Kristian Bredesen. 2000. Forsvarets Sko Trening: En brukstest av tre ulike skotyper for Forsvarets Sko Trening. Report, Norges Idrettshøgskole, Forsvarets institutt.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD, Jan Kristian Bredesen and Øyvind Helgerud. 1999. Forsvarets Sko Trening: Et troverdig alternativ! Prosjekt 70d. Report, Norges idrettshøgskole Forsvarets institutt.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 1998. Forsvarets Sko Trening: En undersøkelse på soldatenes holdninger til Forsvarets Sko Trening. Report, Norges idrettshøgskole Forsvarets institutt, Oslo.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 1998. Forsvarets Sko Trening: Et troverdig alternativ! Prosjekt 70c. Report, Norges idrettshøgskole Forsvarets institutt.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 1998. Fysiske prøver for vernepliktige mannskaper 1997. Report, Norges idrettshøgskole.
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Parts of books/reports

  • Sookermany, Anders McDonald. 2017. "Gamechangers and the Meaningfulness of Difference in the Sporting World – A Postmodern Outlook". In Skills, Knowledge and Expertise in Sport, edited by Gunnar Breivik. Routledge.
  • Sookermany, Anders Mc Donald. 2015. "Defense and Military Policy: Postmodern Perspectives." In Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, 3rd ed., edited by Domonic A. Bearfield and Melvin J. Dubnick, 859–867. Taylor & Francis.
  • Sookermany, Anders Mc Donald. 2015. "Å forberede beredskapsavdelinger for det uforutsigbare: et postmodernistisk utdanningsnarrativ". In Pedagogikk for det uforutsette, edited by Glenn Egil Torgersen, 177–195. Fagbokforlaget.
  • Aandstad, Anders and Anders McD Sookermany. 2008. "Mennesket som basis for militære operasjoner". In Kropp, bevegelse og energi : i den grunnleggende soldatutdanningen, edited by Reidar Säfvenbom and Anders McD Sookermany, 227–242. Universitetsforlaget.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 2008. "Hvordan kan vi forstå energi?" In Kropp, bevegelse og energi : i den grunnleggende soldatutdanningen, edited by Reidar Säfvenbom and Anders McD Sookermany, 55–65. Universitetsforlaget.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 2008. "Kropp, bevegelse og energi i militære kontekster". In Kropp, bevegelse og energi : i den grunnleggende soldatutdanningen, edited by Reidar Säfvenbom and Anders McD Sookermany, 66–81. Universitetsforlaget.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD and Reidar Säfvenbom. 2008. "Fra "fysisk fostring" til "kropp, bevegelse og energi"". In Kropp, bevegelse og energi : i den grunnleggende soldatutdanningen, edited by Reidar Säfvenbom and Anders McD Sookermany, 19–33. Universitetsforlaget.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 2007. "From recruit to expert soldier : skill-acquisition in post-modern military communities". In Cognition and Creativity/Liv Duesund (ed.). University of California, Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley & Statoil.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 2007. "Toget - hva har det med verdier å gjøre? : Anders McD Sookermany i samtale med Nils Faarlund". In Veglederen : et festskrift til Nils Faarlund / red. Anders McD Sookermany og Jørgen W. Eriksen, 108–119. Aschehoug & Co.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD and Anders McD Sookermany. 1999. "Dagens soldaters fysiske form - en trussel mot totalforsvaret?" In Kunnskap om idrett, 49–59. Norges idrettshøgskole, Oslo: Norges idrettshøgskole.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD and Anders McD Sookermany. 1999. "Det moderne forsvar; Teknologi vs fysisk fostring eller kompetanseheving?" In Kunnskap om idrett, 7–20. Norges idrettshøgskole, Oslo: Norges idrettshøgskole.
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Peer-reviewed articles

  • Breivik, Gunnar, Trond Svela Sand and Anders McDonald Sookermany. 2019. Risk-Taking and Sensation Seeking in Military Contexts: A Literature Review. Sage Open 9 (1): 1–13.
  • Sookermany, Anders McDonald and Trond Svela Sand. 2019. The physical fitness test discourse model. Cogent Social Sciences 5 (1): 1–14.
  • Sand, Trond Svela, Gunnar Breivik and Anders McDonald Sookermany. 2018. Risk-taking attitudes in the Norwegian population. Implications for recruitment into the Armed Forces. Res Militaris 8 (2).
  • Breivik, Gunnar, Trond Svela Sand and Anders McDonald Sookermany. 2017. "Sensation seeking and risk-taking in the Norwegian population". Personality and Individual Differences 119 : 266–272.
  • Sookermany, Anders Mc Donald. 2017. "Military Education Reconsidered: A Postmodern Update". Journal of Philosophy of Education 51 (1): 310–330.
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Non-refereed articles

  • Sookermany, Anders Mc Donald, Trond Svela Sand and Gunnar Breivik. 2015. "Risk-Taking Attitudes and Behaviors among Military Personnel in Dangerous Contexts - A Categorized Research Bibliography". Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse 4 (1): 12–52.
  • Aandstad, Anders, Anders McD Sookermany and Reidar Säfvenbom. 2010. The Cadet Development Study - A longitudinal interdisciplinary study on Norwegian cadets. Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse (2): 55–55.
  • Hageberg, Rune and Anders McD Sookermany. 2010. Training clothes for military personell. Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse (2): 49–49.
  • Sookermany, Anders McDonald. 2010. Hvow can we understand the concept of (military) skill? Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse (2): 59–59.
  • Sookermany, Anders Mcdonald and Røe Lene. 2010. Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse. Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse (2): 47–47.
  • Stornæs, Annett Victoria, Nina Rones and Anders McD Sookermany. 2010. The officer candidate school study - joint admission and selection (FOS) 2010. Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse (2): 53–53.
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Op-eds/comments/blog posts

  • Sookermany, Anders Mc Donald. 2015. "Editor's Column MS 0115". Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 2011. "Editors Column MS 0111". Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 2011. Idrettsvitenskapelig konferanse. Forsvarets forum.
  • Sookermany, Anders McD. 2011. Redaktørens spalte MS0211. Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse.
  • Sookermany, Anders Mcdonald. 2010. Editor's column MS 0110. Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse.
  • Sookermany, Anders Mcdonald. 2010. Editor's column MS 0210. Moving soldiers - Soldaten i bevegelse.
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