(b. 1956) is a graduate of the Norwegian Naval Academy 1981. The Norwegian Staff College I 1988. He has an MA from The University of Oslo, 1994. The Norwegian Staff College II 1995. Melien served in the Coast Artillery until 1992, included two years at the Norwegian Council for Management Development. From 1992, he worked at CHOD Norway (Naval Staff and Joint Staff), at The Defence Staff, at the Ministry of Defence and at SHAPE (Belgium). In addition he has served as Fortress Commander. Melien has been chairman of the Union of Officers in the Coast Artillery.
Editor of the Norwegian Military Journal 2007–
2010 and 2014.
Fields of interests
- Norwegian defence-, security and foreign policy
- contemporary history
- First and Second World War
- Cold War
- military defence establishment and the 20th century
- joint operation doctrine
- naval strategy and doctrine
- maritime history
- theory of sea power
- fortress and artillery history
- history of Norwegian special forces
- military medical history