The new defence minister, Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, has brought with her a close personal advisor that is a former draft resister. Atle Ottesen (34) filed for exemption from military service because he could not stomach weapons of mass destruction.

He says he is not a pacifist. But he resisted military service citing WMD. Norway do not have any weapon of this kind.

Parliamentarians from the conservative party with a military record is aghast that the new defence minister can employ a draft resister as her closest advisor. Ottesen says he intends to learn. Former majorgeneral Lars Myraune calls it a catastrophe. Military planning is about competence and knowledge, not about learning on the job.