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Major General Odd Egil Pedersen assumed command of the Military Partnerships Directorate (MPD) on August 8th, 2016. He came to his present post from the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence. 

Major General Pedersen was born September 19, 1959 in Ringebu, Norway. He is married to Kari, a health care nurse working in Asker community. They have two sons, Christian, also an officer in the Norwegian Army and Hans Olav, a mechanical engineering student.

The General began his career in the Norwegian Armed Forces in 1978 as an NCO at the Infantry NCO School and served in the 1 Bn/Brigade North and in the Home Guard District 05 as a weapons instructor before being accepted into the Army Military Academy. He received his commission after graduating in 1984. As a junior officer he served as a platoon commander in the Norwegian Army Signal Regiment, Lillehammer, for 2 years before moving to Brigade North/6th Division. He worked 6 years in various positions as platoon commander, staff officer, Electronic Warfare (EW) officer and exercise planner. He was appointed Commander of the Norwegian EW Company in 1990, and moved from there to the Army Staff in Oslo in 1992 as a staff officer C4IS, responsible for investments in signals equipment and ICT in the Norwegian Army. He served as a liaison officer in the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai in 1994-1995. After 2 years at the US Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia he was promoted to LtCol and appointed Military Assistant to the Chief of the Norwegian Defence.

In 1999 – 2001 he commanded the Intelligence Battalion/6th Division. During this period he worked extensively with integration challenges (sensor to shooter) together with the Artillery and Ranger batallions in the 6th division, today called ISTAR.

Major General Pedersen served a short period as a senior staff officer at the CHOD’s situation centre, before being promoted to Colonel in 2001 and appointed Director Military Support in the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS). He led the reorganization of Norways concept of deploying intelligence capabilities abroad in support of military operations. In 2004 he was appointed Director Intelligence Assessments (NIS) and led the all source intelligence production in support of various sectors of the Norwegian Government. He deployed as the Contingent Commander Norwegian Forces in Afghanistan in 2007, and was appointed Director of Land Power and Operations in the Norwegian Army TRADOK late in 2007. The General was promoted to Brigadier in 2008 and worked at SHAPE/J2 in the period 2008 – 2013. He covered positions as Head of Intelligence Liaison, Director Intelligence Support and ACOS J2. He led the transformation of the J2 division in developing intelligence support to the new Comprehensive Crises Operations Management Centre/SHAPE. Major General Pedersen returned to the Norwegian Intelligence Service in August 2013 and promoted to MajorGeneral in December 2013 and was appointed commander of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence. He has since been a member of the Norwegian CHODs Command Group.

Major General Pedersen graduated from the Norwegian Army Staff College in 1991 (short course) and 1994 (long course). He is a distinguished graduate from the US Marine Corps Command and General Staff College 95/96 class and the US Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting program in 96-97. Major General Pedersen is also a distinguished graduate from NATO Defence College (2004), and joined the Generals, Flag Officers and Ambassadors’ Course at the NATO Defence College in 2015.




1990 – 1992 CO Electronic Warfare Company, 6th Division

1992 – 1994 Section chief, CCIS, Norwegian Army Staff

1994 – 1995 Operations and liaison officer Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai

1997 Staff officer, military-political branch, of the Central Staff of the Norwegian Armed Forces HQ

1997 – 1999 Military assistant to the Chief of Defence

1999 – 2001 CO of the Norwegian Army Intelligence Battalion

2001 Senior Staff Officer, Operations Branch, Norwegian Armed Forces HQ

2001 – 2004 Director, Military Support Division, Norwegian Intelligence Service

2004 – 2006 Director, Assessment Division, Norwegian Intelligence Service

2007 National Contingent Commander, Norwegian Forces Afghanistan

2007 – 2008 Head of land power and operations section of the Norwegian Army Transformation and Doctrine Command

2008 – 2010 Branch head, J2, Operations Division, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)

2010 – 2012 Director of Intelligence, Allied Command Operations, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)

2012 – 2013 J2, Operations Division, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

2013 Director, Plans and Support, Norwegian Intelligence Service

2013 – 2016 CO Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence


Military education

1978 – 1979 Junior officer school, Infantry

1981 – 1984 Norwegian Army Military Academy

1991 Norwegian Army Staff College I

1993 – 1994 Norwegian Army Staff College II

1995 – 1996 US Marine Corps Command and Staff College

1996 – 1997 School of Advanced Warfighting, US Marine Corps Command and Staff College

2003 – 2004 NATO Defence College

2005 Norwegian Defence College, Information Course


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