Danish Defence-ministry hires new head of department

By Simon B. Porse

The Danish defence-minister has appointed Morten Bæk to be the new head of department, writes the ministry in a press release on September 7th.

He replaces the former head of department, Thomas Ahrenkiel, who was dismissed after the scandal in the foreign intelligence service, FE.

In late August, the official oversight organisation publicly exposed a line of legal offenses committed by FE over several years. The case, which is still ongoing, led to the swift dismissal of Thomas Ahrenkiel as well as three top figures in the intelligence service.

The new head of department, Morten Bæk, enters his new position directly from the corresponding post at the Ministry of Energy, Climate and Utilities, and moreover has a background in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.