Brigadier General Peter Bartram, currently Assistant Chief of Staff at NATO
Allied Command Transformation, has been chosen as Denmark’s new Chief of
Defence, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has announced.
“Peter Bartram has had a comprehensive career both at home and abroad. He has
a sound knowledge of Danish defence and international operations,”
The choice of Bartram comes following a period of controversy surrounding the
method by which the new Danish defence chief was to be chosen.
In a move that broke with tradition, Defence Minister Nick Hækkerup decided to
openly advertise the position, rather than the defence minister appointing
the chief of defence in a rotational arrangement between the army, navy and
Twenty-one people applied for the position under the open advertisement, which
according to Politiken’s information met with opposition from the defence
Bartram takes over his post as primary military adviser to Hækkerup, with the
defence minister in the process of seeking ways to modernise the defence
establishment. Among other issues, Hækkerup has set up a committee to decide
whether Denmark’s Defence Command should be axed and the Chief of Defence
and his staff moved to the ministry and organisationally placed under the
“We believe (Bartram) is well-prepared to take part in the modernisation of
Danish defence and the management of the defence forces, as well as
developing our armed forces,” Thorning-Schmidt says.
Bartram, 50, will head up Denmark’s 24,000 defence employees.
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