Defence Command (Denmark)

Motto: Viribus Unitis
Danish language
Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by around six million people, principally in the country of Denmark. It is also spoken by 50,000 Germans of Danish ethnicity in the northern parts of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, where it holds the status of minority language...

: Ved forenede kræfter
Established: July 18, 1969
Activated: January 1, 1970
Chief of Defence
Chief of Defence (Denmark)
The Chief of Defence of Denmark , under responsibility of the Defence minister, is the Chief of Defence and commander1 of the Royal Danish Army, the Royal Danish Navy and the Royal Danish Air Force...

A general officer is an officer of high military rank, usually in the army, and in some nations, the air force. The term is widely used by many nations of the world, and when a country uses a different term, there is an equivalent title given....

 Knud Bartels
Knud Bartels
Knud Bartels is a Danish general.Bartels is the Danish Chief of Defence and was appointed on 16 November 2009...

Budget (2005) 15,8 billion1 DKK
Employees: ~170 civilian
~80 military
1This does not include the Danish Home Guard
Danish Home Guard
The Danish Home Guard is the fourth service of the Danish military, formerly concerned only with the defence of Danish territory, but since 2008, it has also participated in forward operating base guard duties in Afghanistan. Service is voluntary and unpaid, except that the most basic expenses...

The Defence Command of Denmark short FKO, is the Danish
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

 branch-combined military command and the top coordination and controlling authority of the Danish military. It is a Level.I command authority, directly under the Ministry of Defence.

It consists of the Chief of Defence
Chief of Defence (Denmark)
The Chief of Defence of Denmark , under responsibility of the Defence minister, is the Chief of Defence and commander1 of the Royal Danish Army, the Royal Danish Navy and the Royal Danish Air Force...

 and three defence staffs, Operational, Coordination and Development staffs, known collective as Forsvarsstaben (the Defence Staff).


Forsvarskommandoen was established on the basic of law no. 334 of June 18, 1969 about the origination of the Danish Defence; in order to reduce resources expended and make a true combined Defence command of Denmark. It was a continuation of the Danish defence re-construction of 1950, which erected Ministry of Defence, Chief of Defence, Forsvarsstaben, Hærkommandoen, Søværnskommandoen and Flyverkommandoen.

These latter commands was in 1969 combined into one and placed under the Ministry of Defence, giving the Chief of Defence full administrative and operational command of all branches of the Danish military. The staff of these former branch commands continued to exist inside FKO, but in 1982, which saw a major re-construction of FKO, they too vanished in favour of an even more branch independent organisation. The reorganisation resulted in a unified command structture similar to the previous Generalkommandoen
Generalkommandoen is the first combined command of the armed forces of Denmark, though neither with unified administration and operational control of all forces.Generalstaben was incorporated into Generalkommandoen in 1932....

The Danish Defence agreement 2005-2009
Danish Defence agreement 2005-2009
Danish Defence agreement 2005–2009 for the military of Denmark was signed June 10, 2004.It calls for a significant reconstruction of the entire Danish military...

, calls for another major re-construction of the Danish military, affecting the origination of FKO.

Between 1973 and 2006 FKO was located in Vedbæk
Vedbæk is a small town in the municipality of Rudersdal , Denmark. It is located on the Øresund coast of Zealand, between Rungsted to the north and Skodsborg to the south. The town has a station on the busy Kystbanen railway line, approximately midway between Copenhagen and Helsingør...

 (Henriksholm Allé) a little north of Lyngby, in a modern steel and concrete building, built 1970 - November 1972 by Forsvarets Bygningstjeneste. FKO moved to this building in March 1973.
FKO moved to Søarsenalet on Holmen naval base
Holmen naval base
Naval Station Holmen is one of several naval stations of the Royal Danish Navy, supplementing the two Danish naval bases in Frederikshavn and Korsør....

on July 24, 2006.

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