Agreement regarding the future organisation of the leadership of Danish Defence
A broad political agreement has been reached regarding the future organisation of the leadership of Danish Defence.
2014-04-22 - 11:20
The broad political agreement will ensure a more efficient and slimmer future organisation with an increased focus on joint solutions and capabilities and the ability to continually meet and fulfill our international and national obligations.
The Danish Defence Command will be abolished in its current form and a new Joint Defence Command will be established and the Chief of Defence will be co-located with the Ministry of Defence with parts of his staff.
Resources, Planning and Personnel strategy will become integrated parts of the new Ministry of Defence. Supporting agencies for materiel and acquisition, personnel and infrastructure will be subordinated to the Ministry of Defence.
The Joint Defence Command will include the operational elements of the current Defence Command as well as the Admiral Danish Fleet, the Army Operational Command, the Tactical Air Command and the Arctic Command. Furthermore, a Special Operations Command will be established as part of the new Joint Defence Command. The aim is also to increase focus on the Arctic as well as on special operations forces in the new headquarters. The Joint Defence Command will be situated in Copenhagen as well as in Karup, Jutland. Arctic Command will remain in Nuuk, Greenland, and the Special Operations Command will be established in Aalborg.
When fully implemented, the new organisation of the Danish Defence will result in an estimated annual saving of 170 million Danish Kroner, which will contribute to the implementation of the current Defence Agreement 2013 – 2017. The political parties have also decided to increase funds to support veterans. Estimated staff cuts will be at the level of 15-20 percent.
It is not yet clear when the new organisation will take effect.