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Director Ministerial Advisory Division

Colonel Peter Dahl Thruelsen

Professional Experience

Acting Director Ministerial Advisory Division and Head of the Specialised Programmes Office, NATO Mission Iraq (2020 - now)

Dean, the Royal Danish Defence College (2019 - 2020)

Danish Defence Intelligence Service (2011 -2019)

  • Deputy Director, Head of Analysis (2017 - 2019)
  • Head of Department, Great Power Analysis (2014 - 2017)
  • Head of several different branches (2011 - 2014)

Research Fellow, the Royal Danish Defence College, Institute for Strategy (2005 - 2011)

Army, the Danish Defence (1992 - 2005)

  • Sergeant First Class (1998)
  • Sergeant (1992)
  • Four international deployments

Courses and Education


  • Senior Officer Management Course, RDDC (2018 - 2019)
  • PRINCE2 Foundation (2018)
  • Management of Risk Foundation (2018)
  • International Intelligence Directors Course, UK (2017)
  • Course in IP technology (2016)
  • Danish Chief of Defence Security and Policy Course (2014)
  • Various management courses (2011-2016)


  • PhD in Political Science, University of Copenhagen (2010)
  • Master of Sciences in Political Science, University of Copenhagen (2005)
  • The Danish Army

Medals and Decorations

Knight of the Order of Dannebrog

Medal for International Service

  • (Deployed for Denmark 1948 – 2009)

UN Peace Price Medal

UN Protection Force Medal (UNPROFOR)

NATO Stabilization Force Medal (SFOR)

NATO Kosovo Force Medal (KFOR)

  • (Attained Twice)

With a solid experience in managerial positions within the fields of intelligence, education, defence and security policy I am accustomed to working at the operational, strategic and political levels of the Danish Defence. I am a rational and visionary manager valuing a trust based and encouraging leadership philosophy, effectivity and flexibility. My background as a soldier in the Danish Army has encouraged my hands-on and holistic approach to the strategic managerial responsibilities of my current position as Dean of the Royal Danish Defence College, and my educational background as a PhD scholar in Political Science has effectuated my analytical and reflective skills of dealing with problem solving at the most complex levels. PhD thesis: Fighting an insurgency without unity – NATO in Afghanistan, 2006-2010. The main focus of the thesis is on Security Sector Reform and Counter Insurgency.



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