The Permanent Secretary of State for Defence Thomas Ahrenkiel
The Permanent Secretary of State for Defence is the highest-ranking employee and administrative head of the minister’s combine. The Permanent Secretary also serves as advisor to the minister of defence.
Political advisor and administrative head
The Permanent Secretary has a dual role. He is
- partly political advisor
- partly overall responsible for the organisation, personnel, and finances of the realm of the Ministry of Defence
This dual role is characteristic of the Danish system. It is the responsibility of the Permanent Secretary to establish the connection between the political and the professional level.
Heading the combine of the Ministry of Defence
The Permanent Secretary of State for Defence is at the head of the table, when the directors of the combine of the Ministry of Defence meet. The combine directors are the top heads of the Ministry of Defence and its agencies. It is the responsibility of the directors to make important strategic decisions concerning the combine.
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