The disbanding of the mobilisation defence and affiliated structures make it possible - in combination with technology development – to centralise the administrative functions of Danish Defence to achieve a streamlined, efficient utilisation of the available resources. Centralisation of the administration also leads to fewer levels of administration thereby shortening the chains of command and enhancing interdepartmental resource utilisation.
In order to streamline and improve the efficiency of the Department of the Ministry of Defence and to strengthen the lines of communication between the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Danish Defence, the Department is to be reorganised so that the activities of the Department are focused on strategic development and overall management and control. As a result of this, a number of tasks are to be transferred from the Department to the Defence Command. The Defence Staff is to be located in Copenhagen as close to the MoD as possible.
A powerful, centralised financial department is to be established under the Defence Command, and the requisite qualitative and quantitative resources are to be allocated for the financial management of the armed forces.
In the light of the above, the joint military sphere is to be reorganised as follows:
- The Defence Personnel Service will be represented at the strategic management level of the Danish Defence concerning personnel-related matters. The Personnel Service is to be established on the basis of the Personnel Staff of the Defence Command, similar functions at the Royal Danish Administration of Navigation and Hydrography, the Defence Construction Service and the Home Guard Command, as well as the personnel administration departments of subordinate authorities. The Defence Personnel Service will be located partly in Copenhagen and partly in Hjørring.
- The Defence Material Service is to be established and charged with managing the entire material area, based on segments of the existing material staff and information staff of the Defence Command, similar functions under the Royal Danish Administration of Navigation and Hydrography, the Home Guard Command and the three existing material commands as well as the Defence Research Service. The Defence Material Service will be represented at the strategic management level of the Danish Defence. In the area of ITC, the launched outsourcing procedure is to continue so that Danish Defence will primarily run the operational ITC systems in future. A maintenance facility organisation comprising national and regional maintenance centres and repair facilities is to be established under the Material Service. Furthermore, a depot organisation is to be established comprising a main depot in Skrydstrup and a number of issuing depots affiliated with Danish Defence units. The Defence Material Service is to be placed in Vedbæk.
- The Defence Research Establishment is to be decommissioned as a unit within the Defence College’s organisation and established as an individual department within the Defence Material Service.
- The Defence Construction and Establishment Service will be represented at the strategic management level of the Danish Defence and will be established on the basis of the existing infrastructure segment of the Material Staff of the Defence Command, the Defence Construction Service and subordinate authorities, as well as on the basis of corresponding functions of the Home Guard Command and the Royal Danish Administration of Navigation and Hydrography. The Service will be charged with the management of all tasks within the establishment sphere. A number of regional support centres (“custodial departments") are to be established for addressing local needs in relation to authorities, units and establishments. The Defence Construction and Establishment Service is to be located in Hjørring. The properties of the Defence Construction Service in Copenhagen and Viborg are to be sold.
- An Accounting Service is to be set up for managing the overall accounting activities of Danish Defence, including development, data validation, management of financial controller activities, and more. The Defence Accounting Service is to be situated in Hjørring. The Defence Accounting Service will be represented at the strategic management level of the Danish Defence and will be located in Hjørring. .
- The commenced centralisation of the Defence Health Service is to continue and a number of regional healthcare centres are to be established for servicing all military authorities and units in the region concerned. The Health Service is to be placed at Skalstrup Air Base, and the Jægersborg Barracks are to be sold.
- The commenced development of the Royal Danish Defence College, which in general is leading to the reinforcement of core military competencies in international policy, strategy and military operations, as well as military command and management, is to continue.
- Danish Defence’s communication is to be strengthened by founding the Defence Communication Service under the Chief of Defence. The Communication Service shall manage the internal and external communication of the armed forces and thereby ensure the highest possible degree of transparency in defence matters.
- Organisational matters and division of task and responsibilities between the Defence Information and Welfare Service, including the National Service Board, the Defence Communication Service and the Defence Personnel Service will be evaluated during the defence agreement period.
- The number of personnel to be deployed in international staff services is to be adapted to the reductions achieved in NATO’s command structure.
- The Greenland Command and the Command of the Faeroe Islands are to continue as autonomous military authorities and are to be reorganised for current developments in the complicated Defence tasks in the North Atlantic. The demobilisation of the radar station and naval radio base on the Faeroe Islands is currently being considered, in cooperation with NATO and with the involvement of the Regional Government of the Faeroe Islands.
- A working group is to be established with the aim of analysing pros and cons, including financial aspects, of amalgamating the three operational commands and the associated tasks in one joint operational command.
In determining the placement of functional services of Danish Defence, priority has been given to exploiting Danish Defence’s existing establishments and to counterbalancing regional political factors.
The total human resources allocated to the joint military sphere involve approximately 7,850 full-time equivalents.