spec advBrigadier General Kurt Pedersen
Royal Norwegian Air Force
Special Advisor to Commander Joint Warfare Centre

Brigadier General Kurt Pedersen was born in 1960. He joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 1980, upon completion of the Air Force Basic Officer Training School, Stavern, with branch specialization in Air Command, Control and Early Warning. He then served at Control and Reporting Post Kautokeino and Control and Reporting Center Mågerø, respectively until 1983.

Between 1983 and 1985, he attended various training courses and in 1987 he graduated from the Royal Norwegian Air Force, Air War Academy, Trondheim. He was then posted to CRC Sørreisa as Fighter/Weapons Controller in the same year. Between 1990 and 1994, he was assigned to Air Defense Operations Center/Sector Operations Centre as part of the Air Operations Centre in Stavanger. Here, for a few months, he simultaneously served in the newly established HQ North and graduated from the Royal Norwegian Air Force Staff Course I, Oslo.

Brigadier General Pedersen then served at NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force Command, Mons, Belgium and Air Staff, Huseby, Oslo, respectively. In 2000, he graduated from the Danish Armed Forces Academy, Copenhagen, before his assignment as Branch Chief Plans at the Inspectorate of Air Command and Control, LKI Kongsvinger. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2002, and was assigned to the Air Operations Competency Centre as Commanding Office of the Air Force’s Operational Schools. From 2004 to 2005, Brigadier General Pedersen studied at the Air War College (Air University) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama/USA and graduated with Master’s Degree in International Strategic Studies.

Brigadier General Pedersen’s next appointments included Branch Head Education in Joint Education and Training Sub-division at Allied Transformation Command (ACT) in Norfolk/VA/USA (2005-2010), and Deputy Commander of the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint C2IS Center, Jørstadmoen, Lillehammer, where he was given a one-year assignment as the Commander of the same unit (2010-2011). After graduating from the Higher Command and Staff Course, Shrivenham, UK, Brigadier General Pedersen was promoted to his present rank and took over command of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence Competency and Transformation Centre on 6 May 2013.

For the next three years, he commanded Cyber Defence Services and Operations located at Kolsås (2014), took over as Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence/Lillehammer (2014-2016), and temporarily held the position as Chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence Forces (2016-2017).

Brigadier General Pedersen came to NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre on 4 January 2018, following his assignment as the Deputy Commander of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence, where he served since 15 February 2017.

Brigadier General Pedersen has four grownup children. He resides with his fiancé in Lillehammer. His hobbies include ornithology, wildlife and nature in general, gardening, cross-country skiing as well as trekking.